He wonders why they didn't warn him about being wanted for manslaughter in the Czech Republic, and says they did little to help him while behind bars.
Posted on Aug 13, 2012 02:41 pm
Randy Blythe has slammed the US government for failing to warn him that he was wanted for manslaughter in the Czech Republic.
His band Lamb Of God went to tour there in June without realising that Blythe would be arrested for allegedly pushing a fan into the crowd two years ago. Blythe disputes the allegation, but prosecutors say it resulted in the death of the fan two weeks later.
Blythe was finally freed last week after paying $400,000 bail, but now he's wondering why the US Government didn't warn him when they first heard about the allegations.
"The Czech authority sent a letter to the Justice Department, and our government told them basically where they can get off," he told Rolling Stone. "They said, 'No, we won't cooperate'.""Regardless, what I'm a little bit steamed about is the fact that they didn't have the courtesy to contact me in any way, shape or form and say, 'Hey, you're wanted for manslaughter in a foreign country'."
The US Embassy didn't completely ignore Blythe while he was incarcerated, but he wasn't impressed with their efforts:
"I certainly would have appreciated a little bit more concern on my part. I saw one person from the US Embassy. One. And they didn't really do much for me. They were just like, 'Are they torturing you?' 'No'. 'OK, goodbye'. I didn't hear anything from them."
Blythe adds that the case might be settled out of court, but otherwise he'll be back on trial in November. "Naturally, there's some trepidation," he says, "but the way I feel about possibly going to prison for five to 10 years really has nothing to do with the fact of the matter that it's the right thing for me to do."