Gretchen Wilson on Airport Arrest: ‘The Truth Shall Prevail’
Following her arrest at a Connecticut airport on Tuesday (Aug. 21), country singer Gretchen Wilson has released a statement on the incident. The artist's brief words were shared on social media on Thursday (Aug. 23).
"I want to thank my fans for their patience," Wilson begins. "The unfortunate events that took place last Tuesday night are still an open case matter, and so I can’t discuss or comment on any specifics. I would like to respect the process, and am confident that the truth shall prevail."
According to reports, Wilson was involved in a "minor disturbance" on a flight landing at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., on Tuesday night. TMZ reports that the in-flight disturbance was a fight between Wilson and another passenger over the airplane's first-class bathroom that escalated into a physical altercation and, throughout the flight, "threatening hand gestures."
When the plane Wilson was on landed, Connecticut State Police responded to the situation, around 7PM local time. They say Wilson "became belligerent toward the troopers and caused a disturbance" while they were speaking with her. Wilson, 45, was then taken into custody and charged with breach of peace; her bail was set at $1,000.
Wilson first found fame in the early 2000s, when her debut single, "Redneck Woman," became a smash hit on the country charts. The song hit No. 1 on the charts, earned Wilson a Grammy and helped her debut album, Here for the Party, sell more than 5 million units. After two more albums -- All Jacked Up in 2005 and 2007's One of the Boys -- Wilson began a self-imposed hiatus from the music industry. She released a new album, Ready to Get Rowdy, in 2017.
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