“I have been found not guilty & acquitted of all charges against me. I am a free man.” Blythe posted on his Instagram after the trial. He also asked fans to think of Nosek’s family: “I only wish for them peace. Thank you for your support.”
The judge presiding over the trial ruled that Blythe’s actions, pushing someone of the stage, did not constitute a crime. Immediately after the decision was given, the prosecutors appealed. Hopefully nothing will come of it.
Thomas Hryvnia, defending, pointed a finger at the crowd control staff:
“If they had done what they were supposed to, people would not be on stage and this would never have happened.”
Well, I agree with the defense, and it had to be said, but at the same time it is aconcert, and as I’ve said before, they are inherently violent. Not necessarily to be malicious, but the ritual is violent. Perhaps tickets will now have disclaimers on them, stating something to the effect that the band is in no way responsible for injuries or death if fans violate security measures.
“I still believe that I acted reasonably to protect myself, our gear, and the audience,” said Blythe. And I agree with him. Bands have the right to remove people from the stage who don’t belong, and this right became even more important after what happened to Dimebag Darrell. Any band has the right to fear “foreigners” in their space.
In his statement, Blythe said:
“It would be absolutely intolerable for me to hide from this situation… I am an innocent man, but a family suffers the loss of a son, a fan of my band. That is what this whole thing is truly about, not prison, not money, not politics, not ME — it is about a young man who lost his life at just 19 years of age. He will never come back, and it breaks my heart… I would not be able to sleep at night knowing that I did not behave honorably and try to give his family some answers. That would be disgraceful, and I do not wish to dishonor myself or my family by acting in such a cowardly manner. I was raised to face my problems head on.”
Rock Hard \m/