Country Singer Rodney Atkins Files for Divorce Amid Domestic Abuse Allegations

Celebrity News Dec. 15, 2011 AT 2:32PM
Country Singer Rodney Atkins Files for Divorce Amid Domestic Abuse Allegations Credit: Jemal Countess/

Country crooner Rodney Atkins is in some serious legal hot water.

Arrested November 21 in Tennessee, the superstar singer was busted on domestic assault charges after his wife, Tammy Jo, alleged that he tried to smother her with a pillow.

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According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Rodney, 42, "had been drinking alcohol all night and was intoxicated" when he tried to smother his wife, grab her neck and throw her down the hallway. The alleged incident is said to have taken place in front of the couple's 10-year-old son.

Released on $2,500 bail, Rodney argues that his wife of 13 years blew the incident out of proportion, and has answered her claim with a divorce filing.

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"When Mr. Atkins realized their child was in hearing range of the argument his first priority became getting out of the earshot of the child," the singer's lawyer told TMZ in a statement. "Mr. Atkins realized he would have no recourse but to file a complaint for divorce. He has exercised substantial parenting time with the parties son and he will continue to do so while the divorce is pending."

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Continues the statement: "Mr. Atkins wants to thank his fans for standing by him as he is confident the truth will prevail."

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