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38-year-old country singer Chris Young was recently arrested at a bar in Nashville, WSMV reports. The two-time Grammy-nominated singer, known for hits such as “Famous Friends,” “I’m Comin’ Over,” and “Think of You,” was arrested on Monday night (January 22).
WSMV reports that Young was arrested “after he allegedly engaged officers while they assisted in a compliance check at a bar in Midtown Nashville.”
The outlet goes on to cite an arrest affidavit, stating that agents with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission were completing a compliance check around 8:30 PM at the Tin Roof bar. That’s when they encountered Young sitting at the bar, and they asked to check his identification.
The agents finished their identification checks at Tin Roof, and left to go next door to the DawgHouse Saloon. According to the arrest affidavit, Young followed the agents, started asking them questions, and then began filming them.
“Mr. Young started asking questions that were answered at that time and then began video recording us,” the affidavit reads, according to an article from The Tennessean.
The affidavit states that Young and a group of people followed the agents to the DawgHouse Saloon. They started talking to the customers inside, as well as the bartender.
WSMV reports Young “then put his hand out and stopped them from leaving when they were done and ‘st[r]uck’ one of the officers on the shoulder.”
“While walking out the door Mr. Young put his hands out to stop me from leaving the bar and struck me on the shoulder,” the affidavit said, according to The Tennessean‘s report. “I then pushed Mr. Young to create distance since I had no idea of who Mr. Young was or what he had.”
According to the affidavit the mood in the bar became “hostile“ after that. The affidavit states two officers eventually detained Young.
Young was arrested after the altercation. Court documents show he was charged with three misdemeanors: Disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assaulting an officer. He is scheduled to appear in court on February 16.
On Tuesday (January 23), Reporter Nick Beres with the Newschannel5 Network released security videos he obtained from the DawgHouse Saloon. The videos show what happened before Young’s arrest on January 22.
The footage shows Young seeming to reach out to touch one of the agents. The agent responded by pushing Young, knocking him to the floor in the process. Young fell backward and knocked over a chair on his way down.
Beres also shared some comments from Young’s lawyer, who said:
“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.”
“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.”
Watch one angle of the incident in the video below, and see the comments of Beres’ post for two additional angles.
As of press time, Young has not released a statement about his arrest.