, which handles publicity for Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD
, has released the following statement regarding the reports that the band's vocalist Randy Blythe
was arrested yesterday (Thursday, June 28) in the Czech Republic and charged with manslaughter over an incident that happened more than two years ago:
"LAMB OF GOD
management will be issuing an official statement on Monday regarding the charges made against singer Randy Blythe
. As no formal charges have yet been made and the case is only in the investigation stages, it would be premature to make an official statement filled with false truths or innuendos.
"Having said that, management wished to address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far. Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy
during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy
pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.
"Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate."
The incident in question took place during the band's show at the Prague club Abaton in May 2010.
When LAMB OF GOD
arrived on Thursday to play a show at the Rock Café in Prague with SKELETONWITCH
and ALL SHALL PERISH
, the local police brought Blythe
in for questioning. LAMB OF GOD
's appearance at the venue was canceled later in the day.Randy
's brother, Mark Blythe
, told CBS-6
that he's awaiting further details and said the charge is "bogus and outrageous and will be dropped immediately."
Shortly after 9 p.m. EST, the #freerandyblythe hash tag was posted on the @lambofgodband Twitter
account (which is run by a fan and not the bandmembers themselves).