Bill Anderson Charged With Domestic Assault

Veteran country artist Bill Anderson has been charged with aggravated domestic assault for an incident at his home involving his girlfriend, Nashville authorities said. Anderson and Deborah Marlin wer

Veteran country artist Bill Anderson has been charged with aggravated domestic assault for an incident at his home involving his girlfriend, Nashville authorities said. Anderson and Deborah Marlin were arguing about landscaping Tuesday morning when Anderson got in his vehicle to leave and hit her with the door, Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said.

Marlin was not injured and told authorities that she had struck Anderson, Ashe said. "She filed domestic complaints, and under the law we had to take one into custody and we took him," the sheriff said.

Anderson, 65, was booked into the county jail where he made bond and was released that afternoon. He is scheduled to appear May 14 in court.

He released a statement yesterday (March 26) in which he said he is the victim of "unjustified domestic violence charges. Once this matter is heard by the court, I feel there will be a very positive outcome," he said. "I remain grateful to those who truly know me ... and know better."

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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