Randy Blythe: 'It'll Be Hard For Them To Convict Me On The Charge They Have Leveled Against Me'

A few days after his return to Richmond, Virginia, Blythe spoke to LA Weekly about his feelings, his plans to stand trial, and losing his own daughter to a heart defect.

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Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was released from a prison in Prague, the Czech Republic, on August 2, more than a month after he was arrested and incarcerated on charges of alleged manslaughter.

Blythe was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a 2010 incident in which a fan attending a Lamb Of God show died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage. Blythe's predicament galvanized the heavy rock community, with artists across the hard rock genre pledging their support, reports Blabbermouth.

A few days after his return to Richmond, Virginia, Blythe spoke to Linda Leseman of LA Weekly about his feelings, his plans to stand trial, and losing his own daughter to a heart defect. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

LA Weekly: You've said you'll stand trial in Prague if you have to because you can understand how the young man's family must feel, as you lost a child yourself.

Randy: My first wife and I... we had a daughter together who had a heart defect. We knew that when the baby was in utero. And the doctors told us it's going to be no big deal, when [she comes] out, we'll operate on her...At about seven and a half, eight months or so, the baby went into distress in utero. So there was a Caesarean section. She came out. She was alive. But, due to the fact that she was slightly premature, she was too small for them to go ahead and operate on. So, she was alive for a while, and then they were like, "This isn't working out." So, I said, "Well, let her go." It's something I really can't describe in words and nobody could understand unless they had to live through this. I know that this family [in Prague] is just going through the worst possible hell, and they have questions. So, despite the fact that I maintain my innocence, I feel ethically and morally obliged to do my best to provide them with some answers, if it goes to trial, to help them go down this road, where their pain can lessen a little bit.

It almost sounds like you're trusting that you're not going to be convicted.

I think we have a good case. I think it'll be hard for them to convict me on the charge that they have leveled against me because it's ludicrous. From what I understand, it's a crime of intent, and I certainly never intended to hurt anyone at any point in time during that show. But, life shows up and happens. Right? It shows up and happens. And if it shows up, and they give me ten years, I will have to deal with it as such. It's frightening for me to think about. The fact of the matter that I don't want to go to prison for ten years in a foreign country or in America or in any country has nothing to do with the fact that I need to do the right thing. That's the whole thing, you know? I have to do the right thing. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to face myself.

Read the entire interview from LA Weekly.

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    zorba_the_cat
    The fact of the matter that I don't want to go to prison for ten years in a foreign country or in America or in any country has nothing to do with the fact that I need to do the right thing. That's the whole thing, you know? I have to do the right thing. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to face myself.
    These are the words of a real man
    UniformRecon
    Despite the fact that I don't like Lamb of God's music per say, each thing that comes out of this guy's mouth makes me like him more and more. Here's to hoping the truth prevails.
    Hippykiller
    This is exactly why people should give bands [or just people in general] more than a passing glance. Lamb of God's music might give you the impression that they are aggressive, angry people but clearly Randy is actually a kind, genuine and intelligent person.
    nathanwaffles
    Manslaughter isn't necessarily a crime of intent though... however, it's good to see Randy being so compassionate and caring and ready for anything to happen... +1 for him
    AcdcTXfan
    Well if they can just throw him in jail without conclusive evidence of his guilt, then it might be possible he could be convicted. But I sincerely hope not.
    tonyplow
    Jeez this guys been through so much shit. I didn't know that his daughter died on him after four hours. That has got to hurt. I respect him a lot more now and glad he's free. I hope Lamb of Gods days are now filled with happiness and heaviness. Seeing them in a few weeks. Totally Stoked
    MattGrimm
    I saw videos of the incident. It was a stage hand that pushed the kid and caused him to fall on his head. Randy was nowhere near the kid when the fatal fall occurred. It was during "Ashes Of The Wake" in their set in Prague. The videos show all three times that Daniel rushed the stage. First time he jumped off on his own, second time he was thrown off by Randy and Security, but he landed on his feet. Third time he didn't get completely on stage and stumbled head first in to the base, which at that time you see a stage hand/security member (Which is usually hired by the venue)push Daniel off of the stage in which Daniel falls head first to the ground. Randy was no where near Daniel at that time as he was center stage singing, and this happened on the very edge of stage left. Now, what could have complicated Daniel's injuries further is the fact that after he landed on his head and was unconscious, someone in the crowd tried to pull him up and may have let him fall back on his head again.