Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has finally been releassed from custody after spending more than a month at a Prague, Czech Republic prison on manslaughter charges.
Word is, that Blythe boarded a direct flight to New York at approximately 1:00 p.m. CEST (Central European Summer Time) today.
“I’m relieved to be out of Pankrác jail,” the singer told a local television station at the airport just before boarding. “It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exactly fun.”
“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.”
There is currently video clip of Randy talking to TV Nova recorded earlier today can be seen here.
The singer was arrested at the Prague airport back on June 27 and was accused of shoving a local fan off the stage during the band’s show back in May 2010. The fan who was said to have stormed the stage at least three times during the show,suffered a brain hemorrhage that resulted in his death nearly a month later.
“I can confirm that [Blythe] was released yesterday afternoon,” Gabriela Pohlová, spokeswoman for the prison, said on Friday.
“The only condition of release was the approximately 8 million Czech Koruna bail [which has already been paid],” she added.
Randy’s attorney told a Prague Radio station that Blythe will have to return to the Czech Republic to face trial. “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.”
His attorney added that Blythe’s stature as a public figure would make it highly unlikely that he would vanish before the trial.
“There would be 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.”
The U.S. Embassy in Prague on July 11 released a very brief statement regarding the situation: “The U.S. Embassy provides standard consular services to American citizens in need of assistance. We cannot discuss specific cases due to privacy concerns.”
Pictured below: Randy Blythe at Prague airport earlier today (August 3) (courtesy of TV Nova)