Alabama Shakes drummer says he is innocent on charges of abuse


Huntsville, Ara. (AP) — Grammy-winning rock band Alabama Shakes drummer is innocent of alleged child abuse charges against him, his lawyer said Friday.

Stephen William Johnson, 35, was arrested last week after being charged with child abuse.

“Steve Johnson remains innocent on all these claims, and that’s their claim,” his lawyer Nick Ruff told The Associated Press.

The indictment details allegations that go beyond the criminal law of child abuse, which states that a child under the age of 18 is “intentionally tortured, deliberately abused, brutally beaten, or otherwise deliberately abused.” Not listed.

His lawyer filed a court complaint seeking more information about the accusation. Mr. Raff said the indictment had reason to believe that what he described as a “spanking” case could have been involved.

According to court records, Johnson was charged with criminal charges in 2019 for beating his son with a belt and injuring his buttocks and thighs. The case was later dismissed.

The latest indictment was returned in October. However, according to Raff, this month’s arrest came a few days after Johnson regained his parents’ right to visit in court.

The arrangement date is set to April 7th.

Johnson had previously pleaded guilty to violating a domestic violence protection order in Limestone County in March 2020. He had a suspended sentence of one year in prison and a probation period of 24 months.

The band, based in Athens, Alabama, has been dormant since 2018, when lead singer Brittany Howard decided to focus on her solo project.

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