Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was acquitted by a Czech court yesterday following a trial over a fan’s death at a show in Prague three years ago.
The 42-year-old faced manslaughter charges over allegations that he pushed Daniel Nosek, 19, off the stage, causing the head trauma which ultimately killed him.
Judge Thomas Kubovec at Prague Municipal Court ruled that Blythe’s actions did not constitute a crime.
“I am a free man,” posted Blythe on his Instagram page.
“Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support.”
Blythe said he did not know about Mr Nosek’s death or the prosecution over the incident until he was arrested at Prague airport last year while en route to play a show there.
He admitted pushing Mr Nosek of the stage, but said he did not know the fan had been harmed.
Mr Nosek hit his head in the fall and died of his injuries weeks later.
During the trial, Thomas Hryvnia, defending, argued that the fault lay with the crowd control staff, saying: “If they had done what they were supposed to, people would not be on the stage and this would never have happened.”
If convicted, Blythe could have faced up to 10 years in prison.
The prosecution were told that if they want to apply for compensation they should go through the civil court.
They have appealed against the judge’s decision to the Czech High Court.