A Nashville judge has dismissed a protection order sought against country music singer Bill Anderson but let an assault charge stand. Deborah Marlin, 40, filed both the order and the criminal complain

A Nashville judge has dismissed a protection order sought against country music singer Bill Anderson but let an assault charge stand. Deborah Marlin, 40, filed both the order and the criminal complaint last week against Anderson, 65. She said Anderson tried to injure her with the door of a moving vehicle and shoved her during an argument at their home last month.

Anderson and Marlin reached an agreement Thursday about the protection order. Marlin said in a statement that she made the decision "of my own free will. It is my hope that both Mr. Anderson and I will move forward from this with mutual respect." Marlin's lawyer, Jim Hawkins, said the dismissal does not affect the criminal warrant.

Known as "Whisperin' Bill" for his breathy tenor, Anderson has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1961. His hits include "Mama Sang a Song," "Still," "I Get the Fever," and "My Life."


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