After having the trial postponed, Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe was acquitted of manslaughter charges in a Czech court on March 5. Blythe was accused of pushing fan Daniel Nosek from the stage during a 2010 concert that led to head injuries, which later led to his death.
Upon landing in the Czech Republic for a Lamb of God concert date in 2012, Blythe was arrested in Prague with no prior knowledge of the accusations. Early video footage of a fan falling off the stage proved to be of a different fan, Milian Poradek. While early reports indicated there were testimonies from concertgoers that aimed to prove Blythe’s guilt, Blythe was acquitted of all charges on March 5, 2013.
Details of the trial have emerged, and the holes that the defense team took advantage of to prove Blythe’s innocence. The direction that Nosek faced when falling was one factor in the trial, with defense pointing out that the fan would have reflexively put his hands up to catch himself had he been pushed facing forward.
Lamb of God fans took to protest the trial and accusations against Randy Blythe with their own “Free Randy” movement. Throughout the trial, Blythe has maintained his innocence, while showing sympathy for the family of the deceased Nosek.
Before the trail’s final day commenced, Blythe had this to say on his Instagram account:
“KNOW THIS, & mark my words well- it would be absolutely intolerable for me to hide from this situation. I am an innocent man, but a family suffers the loss of a son, a fan of my band. That is what this whole thing is truly about, not prison, not money, not politics, not ME- it is about a young man who lost his life at just 19 years of age. He will never come back, & it breaks my heart. I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I did not behave honorably & try to give his family some answers. That would be disgraceful, and I do not wish to dishonor myself or my family by acting in such a cowardly manner. I was raised to face my problems head on.”
Many in the rock world offered their congratulations to Blythe on Twitter following his acquittal, including Slash and members of Pantera.
The family of Nosek fought for $528,000 in damages, and have reportedly filed to appeal the verdict.
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