Billy Currington was indicted Wednesday (April 24) by a grand jury in Georgia for "terroristic threats" and elder abuse, according to the Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga. The indictment stems from an April 15 incident involving Charles Harvey Ferrelle of Effingham County.
Currington, 39, was born in Savannah and raised in Rincon, Ga., which is located in Effingham County. The elder abuse charge cites the singer for inflicting mental anguish upon Ferrelle, who is more than 65 years old. Currington's record label, Mercury Nashville, had not issued a comment late Wednesday afternoon. He scored No. 1 singles with "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right" and "Good Directions." He's scheduled to perform Friday at a casino in Kinder, La.
WSAV-TV in Savannah identified Ferrelle as a charter boat captain who provides tours in the area, including Tybee Island, where Currington has a home. Quoting a Savannah-Chatham Metro Police document, the TV station reported that a verbal confrontation occurred between Currington and Farrell at dock owned by the singer. At some point, Currington is reported to have boarded his boat and followed Farrell to another nearby dock, where police became involved.
On April 17, Currington tweeted, "Harassing artists often at their home by boat should be illegal."
After news reports about the indictment surfaced Wednesday, Currington returned to Twitter and wrote, "Hey guys, I wanted to thank everyone for the huge amount of support that I have received already. Unfortunately, I can't comment on this situation as this is an ongoing legal matter. It means a lot to me to have your support during this time."
Currington has not been arrested in connection with the incident.
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