Singer Currington charged with threats to Ga. man
In this undated photo released by the Chatham County (Ga.) Sheriff's office, Billy Currington poses for a photo. Currington, 39, may have videotaped himself chasing a 70-year-old tour boat captain along a coastal Georgia creek and threatening to "finish him off" in a tirade filled with profanities, according to court documents filed Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Georgia. Currington turned himself in Thursday afternoon at the county jail, where he was booked on charges of making terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person. (AP Photo/Chatham County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office)
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police suspect country singer Billy Currington may have videotaped himself chasing a 70-year-old tour boat captain along a coastal Georgia creek and threatening to "finish him off" in a tirade filled with profanities, according to court documents filed Thursday.
The boat captain, Charles Harvey Ferrelle, and his two passengers told police Currington was holding a camera when he became outraged and made the threats April 15 after they passed him on the dock of a $3.5 million waterfront home near Tybee Island. Ferrelle told police that Currington later got into his own boat and chased them.
"They were in fear of this man and a possible attack against Mr. Ferrelle, and possibly everyone there, as his behavior was 'out of control' as described by all three persons," Savannah-Chatham County Police Detective Alycia Rice wrote in an affidavit filed in Chatham County Superior Court.
Currington, 39, turned himself in Thursday afternoon at the county jail, where he was booked on charges of making terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person. Currington was free Thursday night after posting $27,700 bond, Sheriff's Cpl. Rhonda Bryant Elleby said. Each of the charges is a felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
Police got a warrant to search Currington's home Tuesday and seized four digital video files, 27 digital photos and a memory card. The affidavit said police believed Currington might have recorded the confrontation.
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."
The singer's attorney, Alex Zipperer, did not immediately return phone messages. In a court filing April 19, the attorney said Currington denied "each and every allegation" from Ferrelle.
FILE - Billy Currington arrives at the 59th Annual BMI Country Awards in Nashville on in this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo. Currington was indicted Wednesday April 24, 2013 in Georgia on charges that he threatened bodily harm to a man older than 65. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
Two days after the incident, the singer sent a message to more than 200,000 Twitter followers saying "Harrassing (sic) artists often at their home by boat should be illegal. thas all i know."