Morgan Wallen Will Not Appear In Court At First Hearing For Felony Charges

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Morgan Wallen’s first hearing for his felony charges is on Friday, May 3, but the superstar country singer won’t be in attendance.

In the early hours of April 8th, Wallen was arrested on three felony counts of reckless endangerment and one count of misdemeanor disorderly.

The arrest took place at Eric Church’s brand-new six-story bar, Chief’s, in Downtown Nashville.

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Wallen was a patron at the bar on the night of April 7 and was hanging out on the rooftop level. He allegedly threw a barstool off the roof and it landed feet away from Metro Nashville Police officers standing on the sidewalk. When they went upstairs to investigate, Chief’s staff told them it was Wallen who threw the barstool.

Surveillance footage showed Wallen “lunging and throwing an object over the roof.” He was arrested and put in the back of a police car. Because of his celebrity status, many people began filming. He can be seen in footage joking and smiling with the police officers arresting him.

Morgan Wallen (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

It was reported at the time of the arrest that his court date would be May 3rd, which would work out perfectly because he would be back in Nashville for shows at Nissan Stadium beginning Thursday, May 2.

But, as it turns out, Wallen has “waived his right to appear” in court, according to his lawyer, Worrick Robinson. Instead, Robinson will be appearing on the singer’s behalf. 

On April 19, Wallen broke his social media silence about the incident.

On X, he wrote,

“I didn’t feel right publicly checking in until I made amends with some folks. I’ve touched base with Nashville law enforcement, my family, and the good people at Chief’s. I’m not proud of my behavior, and I accept responsibility. I have the utmost respect for the officers working every day to keep us all safe. Regarding my tour, there will be no change.”

Morgan Wallen/X

One day later, he took the stage for the first time since his arrest and made light of the situation.

While introducing his song “’98 Braves,” he said, “In high school, I almost got kicked off the [baseball] team…I was a little rowdy back then. I guess I’m still a little rowdy now.”

We will keep y’all updated about the court hearing on May 3rd.

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