Randy Blythe Opens Up About His Upcoming Manslaughter Trial, Losing His Daughter
It’s been less than two weeks since Randy Blythe was released from a Czech prison, and understandably, the Lamb of God frontman isn’t doing a lot of press. He did, however, agree to an interview with L.A. Weekly, and discussing his recent incarceration — which stems from the 2009 death of a 19-year-old fan he’s alleged to have pushed from a stage in Prague — he refused to label himself as “scarred” by the experience.
“I would say scratched, not scared,” Blythe said, explaining that he “accepted a long time ago that my life is never going to be normal.”
Blythe’s unique mindset stems from his childhood in the Deep South, where his minister father once resigned from a church after racism divided the congregation. As the metal frontman remembers, things have “just been weird since then.”
While Blythe, 41, has been a free man since Aug. 3, there’s still a chance his case will go to trial in December. Should this happen, he’ll dutifully appear in court, even though he calls the manslaughter charge “ludicrous.” His willingness to stand trial — and risk a 10-year sentence — likely has something to do with the fact that he and his wife once lost a child and can empathize with the Czech victim’s loved ones.
“It’s something I really can’t describe in words and nobody could understand unless they had to live through this,” Blythe said, opening up about a daughter whose premature birth prevented her from undergoing the heart surgery that might have saved her life.
“I know that this family [in Prague] is just going through the worst possible hell, and they have questions,” he said. “So, despite the fact that I maintain my innocence, I feel ethically and morally obliged to do my best to provide them with some answers, if it goes to trial, to help them go down this road, where their pain can lessen a little bit.”
Watch Footage of the 2010 Prague Incident