Randy Blythe has stressed his innocence in the Czech manslaughter case which saw the star jailed in July. He has said he is ready and willing to return to the country to stand trial in order to prove his innocence.
The Lamb of God
frontman was released last week
after spending 38 days in jail. He was arrested on 28 June following a manslaughter charge over an incident that took place in 2010.
Blythe is currently at home in Richmond, Virginia and has issued a lengthy statement in response to the events.
He said: “If it is deemed necessary for me to do so, I will return to Prague to stand trial. While I maintain my innocence 100%, and will do so steadfastly, I will not hide in the United States, safe from extradition and possible prosecution.
“I am charged with maliciously causing severe bodily harm to this young man, resulting in his death. While I consider the charge leveled against me ludicrous and without qualification, my opinion makes no difference in this matter. The charge exists, and for the family of this young man, questions remain. The worst possible pain remains. It is fairly common knowledge amongst fans of my band that I once lost a child as well. I, unfortunately, am intimately familiar with what their pain is like.”
He continued: “This family needs and deserves some real answers, not a media explosion followed by the accused killer of their son hiding like a coward thousands of miles away while they suffer. I am a man. I was raised to face my problems head on. I feel very strongly that as an adult, it would be both irresponsible and immoral for me not to return to Prague if I am summoned. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter.”
Blythe faces up to ten years in prison if found guilty.