For the first time since the news was released that Randy Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic last week, has the rest of the band spoken out in an official capacity. Blythe is being detained in a Prague prison over an investigation about a fan that attended a 2010 concert of the band's in Prague and sustained injuries from stage diving that eventually resulted in the death of the fan. Blythe is being blamed for the death. We've been covering the story all week. With the quick turnaround of information, the band decided to stay silent until things settled down and today is that day. Here is their statement:
First of all, thanks to everyone who has reached out in support of Randy and each of us in this terrible situation. It's noted and very much appreciated.
We have been keeping our heads down and not speaking out due to the fluid nature of the situation and the constantly changing information that even we receive daily.
Within an hour things can do endless 180s. It's maddening to try and make heads or tails.
We're taking the time to speak to you as it has been a significant period of time since this situation began and while nothing is immediately clear to any of us, we are not trying to keep anyone in the dark.
We have reached out and are making use of the resources we have acquired to help our brother, who is still detained in Czech jail.
In the two years since, we were never notified of anything related to this incident.
Randy is our brother and we assure you we are all staying very positive for him, working endlessly behind the scenes to provide any and all assistance possible.
The best we can do is to stay positive and continue to support our friend that we know is innocent.
We know that justice will prevail and we will continue to do our part to support our friend.
Nothing earth-shattering, but it's certainly great to hear from the band. The band reiterated they never knew about this situation until they landed in Prague last week, and they are doing everything in their power to get Randy out. They have recently set up a PayPal page for fans interested in donating to Randy's legal fund. Any leftover donations, after legal fees, will be donated to charity.