We haven't been the only ones following this Randy Blythe story. Although the mainstream media has been avoiding it for the most part, all hands are on deck with pretty much every metal site. To catch you up if you've been away from a computer the past few days: Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was detained when his band landed in Prague, Czech Republic over allegations of manslaughter based on incidents at a 2010 show where a fan jumped off stage, hit his head and suffered injuries that resulted in the fan's untimely death two weeks later. You can follow all of our previous reporting right here.
According to The Gauntlet, they have received never before seen footage from the event that may stand to clear Randy's name. Here is the video:
Here is how The Gauntlet breaks down the three scenes in the above video:
Scene #1 Daniel attempts to climb on stage, suddenly thrusts backwards and hits his head. This is the footage that people have been looking for and looks very violent. The problem is if you look closely, Randy doesn't kick him. Randy is in the area, but there is a security guard on the floor level that bear hugs Daniel and slams him to the ground. Randy never touched him as seen by his legs what never made a kicking motion. It is very quick, so it is slowed down. People not in the front row most likely never saw the security guard and just saw Randy in the area. We showed this clip to one of our sources that was there in the "3rd or 4th row." He stated "I never saw a guard there and wouldn't have believed it unto seeing this. Unbelievable." Have police or prosecutors spoken with the guard?
Scene #2: Another piece of footage unseen until now. Daniel gets on stage and Randy and others in the band leave him alone. Daniel does his thing, then does a stage dive into the crowd. No one pushes him, no one kicks him or punches him as had been reported on other sites the second time Daniel was on stage. He jumps off the stage and appears to hit the ground as the fans don't catch him.
Scene #3: This is the footage other sites are playing that shows Randy Blythe loosely holding Daniel's hair to lead him back into the crowd. You'll notice that as Randy leads with one hand, the stage security guard shoves with two hands. Has this guard been arrested? Has he been questioned?
Here is another version of the video in higher quality:
If this footage is indeed of the night in question, you can clearly see that Blythe barely had any interaction with the fan, and that most of the blame should fall on the security guard seen in the first clip violently throwing down the fan. Ultimately, this was always an issue of security. Kudos to The Gauntlet for tracking down the footage.