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Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was released from a prison in Prague, the Czech Republic, last Thursday (August 2nd), more than a month after he was arrested and incarcerated on charges of alleged manslaughter. Blythe was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a 2010 incident in which a fan attending a Lamb Of God show died two weeks later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage. Blythe's predicament galvanized the heavy rock community, with artists across the hard rock genre pledging their support.
Although Blythe paid $200,000 bail shortly after his arrest, prosecutors challenged the bail action and forced Blythe to remain behind bars.
A judge doubled the bail to $400,000 and this time ordered that Blythe go free once it was paid.
Blythe was set free Thursday afternoon and boarded a flight home to the U.S. on Friday (August 3rd).
Interviewed by a Czech media outlet while waiting for his plane, Blythe said, "I'm relieved to be out of jail but if it's necessary for me to return to Prague to go to this court thing, I certainly will, I'm no flight risk."
Blythe added that he had no memory at all of the incident in question, saying, "I feel very bad that a fan of my band is dead and his family has to go through it, it's terrible, I feel awful for them but it's a tragic coincidence . . . we had no knowledge whatsoever that someone had been injured much less died."
The case is expected to be heard in court in November.
Blythe and his bandmates will now appear at Knotfest later this month and are already rescheduling a canceled U.S. tour for October.
Various rockers tweeted their reaction to Blythe's release:
Slash: "Randy Blythe is free! iiii; )"
Slipknot: "We are thrilled to announce that Randy Blythe from Lamb of God has been freed and will perform at both @KNOTFEST dates."
Disturbed frontman David Draiman: "AT LAST."
Korn's Jonathan Davis (writing as JDevil): "YES!!!! FINALLY Randy Blythe Released From Czech Prison."