District Attorney Dismisses Charges Against Chris Young In Nashville Bar Incident

District Attorney General Glenn Funk says all charges against the country singer have been dismissed.


Lauren Jo Black

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January 26, 2024

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Just days after Chris Young, 38, was arrested at a Nashville bar, all charges against the chart-topping country singer have been dropped. 

Charges Dropped After Full Review Of Evidence

According to WSMV, District Attorney General Glenn Funk announced late Friday that the charges against Chris Young have been dismissed following a comprehensive examination of the evidence.  

“After a review of all the evidence in this case, the Office of the District Attorney has determined that these charges will be dismissed,” Funk said, according to the NBC affiliate. 

Following the statement made by the D.A., Young’s attorney, Bill Ramsey, shared, “Mr. Young and I are gratified with the DA’s decision clearing him of the charges and any wrong-doing.”

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Young’s attorney initially denounced the arrest on Wednesday in a statement to the press. Ramsey stated: “What happened to my client Chris Young at a bar in Nashville on Monday night was wrong, and he never should have been arrested and charged in the first place. In light of the video evidence, Tennessee ABC needs to drop the charges and apologize for the physical, emotional and professional harm done towards my client.”

The Incident Took Place On Monday In Midtown

The incident took place on Monday evening (Jan. 22) at a bar in the area known as Midtown in Nashville. According to the affidavit, which obtained by Country Now, Young was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest (Res. Arr.) and Assault of an Officer. The report, completed by the arresting officer stated that Young “put his hands out to stop me from leaving the bar and stuck me on the shoulder. I then pushed Mr. Young to create distance, since I had no idea of who Mr. Young was or what he had.”

Surveillance Footage Raised New Questions

However, in the days following the arrest, News Channel 5 reporter Nick Beres obtained a video that appeared to contradict what was reported by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission agent in the affidavit. The newly surfaced clips captured by the Dawghouse Saloon’s security cameras gave the public a clear understanding of the situation that unfolded. In the clip, Young, who was donning a black leather jacket, could be seen standing around the bar with his friends as the TABC agents walked past him. 

Photo Courtesy Chris Young, Instagram
Photo Courtesy Chris Young, Instagram

The agents appeared to be making their way to the exit doors when Young lightly tapped an agent on the arm in what looked to be an unaggressive approach to get his attention. The agent then seemingly escalated the situation by forcefully pushing Young back, causing him to hit his back on the bar and stumble over a stool.

After nearly falling on the floor as a result of the agent’s actions, Young collected himself, immediately backed up, and put his hands up to signify that he didn’t want any issues. 

The footage did not show Young’s arrest, nor if he resisted arrest, but it left viewers in the comment section of Beres’ post to believe that the report did not reflect the events that took place. 

Young, who was initially released on bond after his arrest, can now proceed without facing any charges, as they have all been dropped.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.