As recently reported, Randy Blythe, vocalist for the metal band Lamb of God, was arrested and charged with manslaughter, after an incident at a show, where an audience member was injured, and later died from those injuries.
Blythe was detained in Prague, for the incident, which happened back in 2010.
The band has released its first official statement regarding the incident:
"First of all, thanks to everyone who has reached out in support of Randy and each of us in this terrible situation. It's noted and very much appreciated. We have been keeping our heads down and not speaking out due to the fluid nature of the situation and the constantly changing information that even we receive daily. Within an hour things can do endless 180's. It's maddening to try and make heads or tails. We're taking the time to speak to you as it has been a significant period of time since this situation began and while nothing is immediately clear to any of us, we are not trying to keep anyone in the dark.
"We have reached out and are making use of the resources we have acquired to help our brother who is still detained in Czech jail. In the two years since, we were never notified of anything related to this incident. Randy is our brother and we assure you, we are all staying very positive for him, working endlessly behind the scenes to provide any and all assistance possible. The best we can do is to stay positive and continue to support our friend that we know is innocent.
"We know that justice will prevail and we will continue to do our part to support our friend."
Earlier this week, The Gauntlet posted a video of the alleged incident, reporting:
By now, everyone has heard that Randy Blythe was detained at a Czech airport last Wednesday. Police wanted to question him in regards to a fan that died 29 days after a Lamb of God concert in which he allegedly was injured at the hands of Blythe. Fans who witnessed the concert have stated that the death blow came "when Daniel tried to jump on stage, Randy kicked him off. He fell backwards and hit his head."
The problem is, Randy never kicked anyone. The Gauntlet has obtained footage of all three times the fan was onstage and we are going to present it for you below and explain what is happening.
Here's the clip:
Members from the rock and metal communities are showing their support for Blythe on Twitter. Here's a sampling:
Please donate to the Randy Blythe legal fund. He is still in custody & the legal fees are mounting. http://t.co/rdYMzqUV
I think all of our fans need to kindly address @USEmbassyPrague & ask what they are doing about RANDY BLYTHE an innocent person imprisoned!
When is CNN or any mainstream media going to pickup on Randy Blythe situation? Guess busy with more Important stuff like Tom Cruise divorce
A fan has started an online petition to the White House to help free Blythe (h/t: MetalSucks). The petition says:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Help Free D. Randall Blythe From Prage, Czech Republic. Where he is falsely accused of commiting Manslaughter.
This petition is so it can be brought to the attention of the white house that one of our citizens is in need of help. His name is D. Randall Blythe. He was doing what he loves to do bring his music along with the rest of the band LAMB OF GOD. During one of the dates he was taken into custody in Prague and was extorted for money after posting bail he was not released which is a direct violation of his civil rights. This petition will show that the people of the united states will not stand for this outrage and hope you and the us state department will do something about this travesty.
So far, it only has 688 signatures out of the goal of 25,000 by August 3.
Fans and friends are taking to Twitter, however, to promote the petition. It will be interesting to see how many signatures it's able to capture.