A judge tossed out a charge of battery against entertainer Lou Rawls, who had been accused of shoving his girlfriend at an Albuquerque, N.M., hotel. Prosecutors then told the judge there was insuffici

A judge tossed out a charge of battery against entertainer Lou Rawls, who had been accused of shoving his girlfriend at an Albuquerque, N.M., hotel. Prosecutors then told the judge there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the case and the charge was dismissed, Rawls' publicist said.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Judge Victoria Grant ruled that unreliable and unlawful hearsay shouldn't be used to support the charge, according to the publicist. Rawls appeared in court and then returned to his home, said his attorney, Charles Daniels.

Police from Albuquerque's international airport had been called to a hotel near the airport on the night of Jan. 15. Rawls' companion, Nina Inman, told officers she and Rawls had been talking about their relationship when the conversation escalated into a shoving match, police said.

Rawls, who lives in the Phoenix area, was arrested and booked into the Bernalillo County Detention Center on one count of battery on a household member. He posted bond and was released early Jan. 16.

"Nina and I are very much in love, we have established a new home together, and we look forward to spending the rest of our lives together," the 67-year-old singer said in a statement. "The incident was never an unlawful act, and I am relieved that I have been vindicated."


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