Published: 13-Aug-2012 07:52
Randy Blythe has lashed out at U.S. officials for not warning him he faced jail in the Czech Republic as he prepared to tour the country.
The rocker was arrested at the Prague Ruzyne Airport on 27 June and charged with causing the death of a fan he allegedly pushed off the stage at a show in the city two years ago. The frontman spent over a month behind bars at the Pankrac Prison.
Blythe was released last week and promptly returned home to the U.S., where he is now questioning why he wasn't alerted to his possible arrest before he flew to the Czech Republic with his band.
He tells RollingStone.com, "The Czech authority sent a letter to the Justice Department, and our government told them basically where they can get off. They said, 'No, we won't co-operate.'
"I don't know if the American government thought there was not enough basis for them to pursue an investigation. Regardless, what I'm a little bit steamed about is the fact that they didn't have the courtesy to contact me - in any way, shape or form - and say, 'Hey, you're wanted for manslaughter in a foreign country.'"
Blythe is also upset that more wasn't done to get him out of prison: "I certainly would have appreciated a little bit more concern on my part. I saw one person from the (U.S.) Embassy. One. And they didn't really do much for me. They were just like, 'Are they torturing you?' 'No.' 'OK, goodbye.' I didn't hear anything from them."
He admits he didn't have an awful experience behind bars, and spent much of his time in jail meditating, working-out, sleeping, reading and teaching fellow inmates English.
He even wrote a song for his friend Hank Williams III, adding, "I've been wanting to write a song for him for years, and what better place to do it than prison?"
Blythe admits he also started "the outline of a novel set in Pankrac," but he is not looking forward to returning if a planned trial goes against him: "They want to give me five to 10 years, so naturally, there's some trepidation. But the way I feel about possibly going to prison for five to 10 years really has nothing to do with the fact of the matter that it's the right thing for me to do. It's the right thing for me to do and stand trial if called - if only from the ethical viewpoint that this young man's family is sitting there with a lot of questions still."
The fan who died suffered a brain haemorrhage weeks after the rocker allegedly pushed him off the stage during the 2010 concert. Blythe insists he has no recollection of the incident.