Saturday, 30 June 2012

Recent Legal Problems For Metal Musicians

Randy Blythe Detained In Prague For Manslaughter

41 year old Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has recently been detained in Prague for a 2010 altercation that left a 19 year old fan dead. On his third attempt, the fan was successful at getting past security and getting on stage. This is where things get confusing - there are multiple conflicting accounts of what happened next. Some say Randy beat the fan to death, others say he hit him with the microphone. The band says that the fan rushed Randy and he pushed him off the stage in self defence. There have been videos uploaded at the show where the incident occurred, but none of them caught the altercation. He has been released on bail, which is the equivalent of around $200, 000 in Canadian currency. If convicted, he could face a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.

Wrest Gets Two Years Probation

Jef Whitehead (aka Wrest), sole member of black metal bands Leviathan and Lurker Of Chalice, as well as being involved in collaborative projects Twilight and Chrome Waves, has been in legal problems since 2010, when he was accused of beating up his girlfriend and then raping her with his tattoo equipment. Contrary to popular belief, he was accused of raping her not with the tattoo gun, but with ink caps. He was originally charged with 34 counts, which 28 were dropped before the trial. He ended up being convicted of one count of aggravated domestic battery. Many people in the black metal scene, including Nachtmystium frontman Blake Judd, have said the charges are bogus and the woman in question has a history of trying to get men arrested on false charges. Prior to the trial, Wrest's Leviathan released an album titled "True Traitor, True Whore."

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