Country singer Billy Currington has been sued by the man who brought criminal charges against him last year (13), accusing the star of libel. Last April (13), the Perfect Day singer was embroiled in an alleged altercation with a 70-year-old tour boat captain in Georgia, and accused of making terrorist-like threats, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
After surrendering to local police and posting bail, he avoided jail time by striking a no contest plea deal with prosecutors and was placed on five years probation and ordered to attend anger management classes.
But now the captain, Charles Harvey Ferrelle, has decided to sue Currington, accusing him of mocking and libelling him on a fan website two days before his plea.
In legal documents, obtained by local newspaper The Savannah Morning News, Currington is accused of writing that Ferrelle "ran like a scared rabbit" and hallucinated during the altercation.
A representative for Currington has yet to comment on the matter.
Country star Billy Currington has been placed on five years probation and ordered to attend anger management classes after pleading no contest to a charge of abuse of an elderly person. The Perfect Day singer was slapped with the count after becoming embroiled in an alleged altercation with a 70-year-old tour boat captain in Georgia on 15 April (13). He was also accused of making terroristic threats during the incident, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Currington surrendered to police the following day and the singer was subsequently released on $25,000 (£16,670) bail.
He faced up to 10 years behind bars if convicted of both counts, but he managed to strike a plea deal with prosecutors and agreed to serve probation.
He entered the no contest plea on Friday (27Sep13) and as part of his punishment, he was also fined $1,000 (£670) and told to stay away from his alleged victim.
In exchange, authorities agreed to drop the threat charge.
Country star Billy Currington has lost a singing gig at an upcoming NASCAR race after he was indicted on felony charges stemming from an alleged bust-up with an elderly man. The singer will be replaced by Josh Turner as the pre-race act at the Charlotte Motor Speedway All-Star race in North Carolina on 18 May (13). The Charlotte Motor Speedway President Marcus Smith says, "Due to Currington's recent indictment, we elected to change our act for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race."
Currington is facing allegations of making terroristic threats and abusing an elderly person following an altercation with a 70-year-old tour boat captain in Georgia on 15 April (13). He surrendered to police in Chatham County, Georgia, on Thursday (25Apr13) and was released from jail after posting a $27,700 (£17,300) bond.
Country star Billy Currington has surrendered to police in Georgia a day after he was indicted on charges stemming from an alleged altercation with an elderly man. The singer is facing allegations of making terroristic threats and abusing an elderly person following a bust-up with a 70-year-old tour boat captain in the state on 15 April (13).
A warrant was issued for his arrest after he was indicted in his absence on Wednesday (24Apr13), and Currington turned himself in to authorities in Chatham County on Thursday (25Apr13).
He was officially arrested and processed before being released on $25,000 (£15,625) bail, according to Savannahnow.com.
Currington faces up to 10 years behind bars if convicted on both charges. His next court hearing has yet to be set.
Country singer Billy Currington has been indicted on charges of threatening an elderly man in Georgia earlier this month (Apr13). The People Are Crazy hitmaker is accused of making making terroristic threats and abusing an elderly person following an altercation with 70-year-old tour boat captain Charles Ferrelle on 15 April (13).
A Chatham County grand jury indicted Currington on Wednesday (24Apr13), and a warrant has been issued for his arrest, according to the district attorney's office.
Currington has taken to his Twitter.com page to address the issue, thanking fans for their messages of support but insisting he could not offer any further details on the issue.
He writes, "Hey guys, I wanted to thank everyone for the huge amount of support that I have received already. Unfortunately, I can't comment on this situation as this is an ongoing legal matter. It means a lot to me to have your support during this time."
Editors at TMZ.com report that the bust-up occurred after Currington accused Ferrelle of driving his boat too near to the dock at his home on the edge of Georgia's Back River.