Randy Travis Church Fight: Singer Pleads Not Guilty
The newly sober Randy Travis has plead not guilty to charges stemming from a fight outside of a church back in August. According to TMZ, the country legend appeared in a Plano, Texas courtroom today (Dec. 21) to face simple assault charges for an alleged brawl with the estranged husband of his fiancée.
Police at the scene of the Aug. 24 incident say Randy was the “primary aggressor” in the fight, which luckily didn’t result in any serious injuries. “During our investigation, we determined Mr. Travis at some point physically assaulted an individual who was there,” police spokesman David Tilley told the Dallas Morning News. “He was issued a citation for Class C simple assault, which in Texas can be anything from an unwanted push to a strike that didn’t cause pain or injury.”
Randy’s lawyer, Larry Friedman, refutes any wrongdoing on his client’s part, telling TMZ that the singer had simply “come to the rescue” of his fiancée. The case will now go to trial, which will begin in March.
It’s been a tumultuous year for the “Forever and Ever Amen” singer. Just days before the church brawl, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, as well as retaliation, after crashing his car. The latter charge reportedly came after Randy verbally threatened the arresting officer. Randy walked away with several cuts and bruises on his face, but no one else was harmed.
In February, Randy was arrested for public intoxication in Sanger, Texas, after police found him parked outside another church with an open bottle of wine. He issued a statement to the Associated Press the following day, apologizing for “what resulted following an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl.”
The country music icon announced, via his lawyer, last month that he has “officially eliminated alcohol from his everyday life.” He is now concentrating on new music and a new, healthy life in 2013.
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