Randy Blythe has been released from prison in the Czech Republic more than a month after he was arrested, making bail for $400,000 (US dollars). The decision to release the Lamb of God vocalist, who was being held on manslaughter charges, was made on Thursday afternoon after a sixteen hour closed session, with the The Prague Municipal Court ruling in favour of Blythe’s release. The prosecution had been fighting to ban the front-man from leaving the country, but Blythe told Czech TV Nova on Friday that he was not a flight risk and if needed, he would return to the Czech Republic to stand trial, commenting:
“I’m relieved to be out of Pankrác jail. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t exactly fun.” Adding: “If it’s necessary for me to return to Prague to go to this court thing, I certainly will. I’m no flight risk.”
It is a statement that has been reiterated by Randy Blythe’s Czech attorney Martin Radvan as he told Radio Prague:
“That’s what he wants to do. As a world-renowned artist, in a specific genre of music, of course, he cannot afford to simply disappear. There are posters with his picture all around the world, and if he wants to continue performing, he will have to return. And he wants to return because he believes he is not guilty of anything he has been charged with.”
Blythe went on record to express his sorrow at the death of the Czech teenager, who died as a result of an incident two years ago at a Lamb of God show:
“I feel very bad that a fan of my band is dead, that his family has to go through it… I feel awful for them.”
Randy is expected to release an official statement in the coming week.
You can view the TV Nova interview with Randy Blythe here.