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Billy Currington: Country singer charged with making threat

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Country singer Billy Currington has been indicted in Georgia on charges that he threatened bodily harm to a man older than 65.

A Chatham County grand jury indicted Mr. Currington on Wednesday on charges of making terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person. The indictment says only that Mr. Currington threatened "to cause bodily harm" to a man named Charles Harvey Ferrelle on April 15.

Mr. Ferrelle, 70, owns a charter boat and was doing a tour when Mr. Currington allegedly began screaming at him and two passengers, according to a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan police report. Mr. Ferrelle told investigators Mr. Currington later got into his own boat with a camera, followed him to a dock and threatened him.

"If I hadn't gotten into my slip fast enough, I believe he would have run me over," MR. Ferrelle told police, according to the incident report.

Mr. Ferrelle called police again the next day to say he was in fear of his life because he had another tour scheduled and would have to pass by Mr. Currington's property again after being threatened. A woman also called police saying she was the caretaker of an elderly man who was nearly run over by a boater at his dock and she wanted to file an incident report. Authorities determined the woman was talking about the incident involving Mr. Currington.

Daniel Baxter, a spokesman for District Attorney Meg Heap, says a warrant was being issued for Mr. Currington's arrest.

The singer took to his Twitter account Wednesday to thank fans for their support but sent a message saying he couldn't comment on the matters since it is an ongoing investigation. On April 17, the singer sent a message to his more than 200,900 followers saying, "Harrassing [sic] artists often at their home by boat should be illegal. thas all i know."

Neither Mr. Ferrelle nor a representative for Mr. Currington immediately responded to messages seeking comment. It was not known if Mr. Currington had hired an attorney.

Mr. Currington is a native of the Georgia coast. His hits include "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer," ''That's How Country Boys Roll" and "People Are Crazy."

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