Those of you who have been reading Country’s Chatter since it started nearly four years ago, know that I normally stay away from posting anything about affairs, divorces, and any kind of ‘news’ that could be considered scandalous. But, I have a lot of people asking about the arrest of Rodney Adkins back in November, and the divorce from his wife, Tammy, which was recently filed.
Documents filed in Williamson County, Tenn., say Tammy called police the morning of Nov. 21, at which time she says an ‘alcohol-fueled night of fighting’ resulted in Rodney attempting to smother her with a pillow. She also claims her husband grabbed her by the face and threw her down the hallway – all this in front of their 10-year-old son. Rodney was arrested and released on $2,500 bail.
Rodney, who denies all allegations, has filed for divorce.
Here is the official statement from Rodney’s web site:
Official Statement From Rodney Atkins’ Attorney: This was an unfortunate verbal dispute between Mr. and Mrs. Atkins within hearing range of their child, and 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, and that is when Mrs. Atkins called the Police and gave them her version of the argument, which is completely untrue. Mr. Atkins realized that he would have no recourse but to file a complaint for divorce. Since filing the 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. The criminal complaint does not allege that any harm came to the child or Mrs. Atkins and as a result the Court has not prohibited Mr. Atkins from having parenting time with his son. Under Tennessee state law, anyone can swear out a warrant to the police and have a warrant issued to an arrest. Obviously that is the case here, since according to the explicit terms of the warrant, it’s entirely based on the word of Mrs. Atkins. The police did not witness any assault because none occurred. The police did not witness any violence between Mr. and Mrs. Atkins. It is entirely based on her word.
Mr. Atkins plans to spend significant time with his child over the Christmas holidays and respectfully requests privacy at this time. Mr. Atkins wants to thank his fans for standing by him as he is confident the truth will prevail.
This report is issued by Rose Palermo, Nashville, Tn., attorney for Rodney Atkins. [Source]
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Rodney on a number of occasions. I’ve been a fan for a very long time, and like all of his fans, I wish him the best, I know this is going to be a difficult time for him and his family. Now, I just hope the media will leave him alone – enjoy his music, and let the Adkins family have a bit of privacy.