Legendary Country Producer Tony Brown Arrested on Domestic Assault Charges
One of country music’s most high-powered business figures has been charged with domestic assault. Legendary producer and label executive Tony Brown was arrested last week and charged with domestic assault resulting in bodily injury.
According to an arrest warrant obtained by the by Nashville Scene, Brown and his third wife, Jamie, had an argument on Sept. 11 regarding Tony getting her father a job with one of his business partners. Jamie claims that she went upstairs to a spare bedroom afterward and locked the door. She alleges that the 66-year-old executive then kicked the door in and physically assaulted her.
According to the warrant, Jamie went into another room and tried to call the police, but Brown took her phone and threw it into their swimming pool. Police eventually responded to a call and took pictures of Jamie Brown’s injuries. Tony Brown was arrested on Oct. 10, and was subsequently released after posting a $5,000 bond. There is no information as to why he was arrested a month after the alleged incident took place.
Tony Brown began his career as a musician, playing piano for Elvis Presley in the final years of his life. He went on to play with Emmylou Harris and then worked as a session player in Nashville before moving over into the business side of music.
Brown became one of the most influential figures in country music in the ’80s and ’90s, producing acts like Reba McEntire, George Strait and Steve Earle, among many more. As the president of MCA Nashville, he played a key role in breaking Vince Gill, signing him to MCA and personally overseeing his most successful albums. He exited MCA in 2002 and co-founded Universal South Records, which merged with Show Dog Records in 2009 to become Show Dog-Universal Music.
The executive has been married twice before. He and the former Jamie Antee married in February of 2013.
Update: According to a representative for Tony Brown, an expungement letter was signed by an Assistant District Attorney on June 24, 2014, wiping this event from Brown’s record.