Chris Young was arrested on charges of “disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer” earlier this week.
Video footage of Chris Young’s alleged assault of a Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission agent obtained by Nick Beres from Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 has been shared on social media.
The new footage seems to counter the assault allegation levelled at Young, with the video showing the singer – wearing a black leather jacket, cap and jeans – standing in line at the Dawg House bar when he reached out to an agent, who subsequently shoved Young to the floor.
Young then got up, put his hands above his head and moved away from the agents.
The footage appears to contradict the arrest affidavit issued earlier this week, which detailed how Young allegedly put his hand out and attempted to stop the agent from moving, “stuck” one in the shoulder and reportedly started screaming.
On Monday (22 January), Young was arrested on charges of “disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer”, The Tennessean reported. The singer has since been released from custody.
In a statement, Young’s attorney, Bill Ramsey, told Billboard following the viewing of the evidence: “What happened to my client Chris Young at a bar in Nashville on Monday night was wrong, and he never should have been arrested and charged in the first place.
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“In light of the video evidence, Tennessee ABC needs to drop the charges and apologise for the physical, emotional and professional harm done towards my client.”
Chris Young is due to land in Australia in March to headline CMC Rocks in Queensland (alongside Lainey Wilson and Tyler Hubbard) and play two solo shows in Melbourne (Naarm) and Sydney (Eora) with special guest Bryan Martin.
Young last toured in Australia in 2015. Since then, he’s released three more albums – the festive It Must Be Christmas in 2016, Losing Sleep in 2017, and Famous Friends in 2021.
In addition to his touring plans, Young recently revealed plans to release his new album, Young Love & Saturday Nights, teasing it as his “largest album to date”. The album will be released on Friday, 22 March – a week after his CMC and solo dates.
You can pre-save Young Love & Saturday Nights here.
***BREAKING: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF THE INCIDENT INSIDE THE DAWG HOUSE RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ARREST OF COUNTRY ARTIST CHRIS YOUNG IN NASHVILLE. I obtained security video from inside the bar of what happened Monday night. You’ll recall Young was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault of an officer for allegedly attacking agents with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Young is accused of confronting them after they checked his ID. The affidavit claims as the agents began walking to the door Young put his hands out to stop the agents from leaving the bar and reportedly "stuck" or struck an agent’s shoulder. The agents say they pushed Young to create distance and then arrested him for among other things assaulting an officer. NOW LOOK AT THE SECURITY VIDEO. That is Young in the leather jacket, black hat and jeans. He is waiting to ask the men why they took a photo of his ID and reaches out to ask the agent to stop to talk. The agent then shoves Young knocking him to the floor. According to Young’s lawyer all his client wanted to do was to confirm the identity of the men — who were not in obvious uniforms … and ask about the photo of his ID. The video does not appear to show Young strike the agent in the shoulder … rather he reaches out. The 37-year-old Young is an American country music singer, songwriter. He was the Season 4 winner of the television program Nashville Star. Young has an album expect to be released this spring. His lawyer tells me what happened to his client in the Dawg House was wrong … that he never should have been arrested … and that ABC should drop the charges and apologize. ***I also have included in the comments two other video clips from different angles and a copy of the affidavit with what ABC agents say happened. WHAT DO YOU THINK?Posted by Nick Beres NC5 on Tuesday, January 23, 2024