Stoney LaRue Arrested, Charged With Domestic Abuse
Texas country artist Stoney LaRue has been arrested and charged with domestic abuse after an incident that allegedly took place early Monday morning (July 20) in Oklahoma City.
According to local news station News 9, officers responded to a report of a domestic incident at an apartment in Oklahoma City around 7:30 Monday morning, where the alleged victim told them that the 38-year-old musician had pushed her down the stairs.
Authorities established that the alleged victim and LaRue have been dating for three years, and have lived together for two. She reportedly told investigators that LaRue and another woman, 43-year-old Richa Chandra, went out drinking the night before and returned to the apartment at around 4AM, where they made so much noise that she decided to go sleep in her car.
According to the story, the victim came back inside to get ready for work at about 6AM, when the noise from her hair dryer disturbed LaRue, who allegedly confronted her and threw her makeup bag and other items down the stairs. When she bent down to try to retrieve those items, LaRue allegedly pushed her from behind, causing her to roll head-over-heels down the stairs.
LaRue was arrested and charged with domestic abuse after his girlfriend called 911. Police tell News 9 that she had scrapes and scratches on her left leg and knee, as well as scratches on her back. Police also arrested Chandra and charged her with obstructing and public drunkenness after she reportedly refused to leave the scene of the investigation after being told repeatedly.
LaRue was released on bond, and his girlfriend, Amanda Winsworth, later posted to Twitter, claiming coverage of the incident was exaggerated:
Hours later, the country singer made the following official statement:
I want to apologize to my family, my friends and my fans for the recent circumstances that have come to light. I am going to take some time to work on myself. I will be entering an intensive and extensive program, and I appreciate your thoughts and good wishes for me during this trying time. Please check my website and Facebook page for updates on my upcoming tour dates, but most importantly, I appreciate your support during this time.
LaRue released his most recent album, Aviator, in 2014. He performed at the Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City on Saturday evening, and is slated to appear at the Phillips County Fair in Holyoke, Colo., on Friday (July 24).