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Rodney Atkins admited he was arrested in November, accused of trying to choke his wife, Tammy Jo, during an argument in the Nashville home. Then he announced, through his attorney, that he had filed for divorce the next day.
The details are sordid. The police report says that Tammy Jo called 911 in early morning of November 21st, when she said Rodney tried to smother her with a pillow and pushed her down the hallway in front of their 10-year old son.
Rodney denied the allegations. He was, however, arrested and taken into custody. (Mugshot to left)
The next day, Rodney filed for divorce.
"Under Tennessee state law, anyone can swear out a warrant to the police and have the warrant issued to an arrest." Rodney's lawyer says in a statement. "Obviously that is the case here, since according to the explicit terms of the warrant, it's entirely based on the word of Mrs. Atkins."
Rodney's lawyer calls the incident nothing more than an "unfortunate verbal dispute. When Mr. Atkins realized their child was in hearing range of the argument his first priority became getting out of the earshot of the child."
The statement continues, "Mr. Atkins realized he would have no recourse but to file a complaint for divorce. He has exercised substantial parenting time with the parties' son and he will continue to do so while the divorce is pending.
"Mr. Atkins plans to spend significant time with his child over the Christmas holidays and respectfully requests privacy at this time," the statement concludes. "Mr. Atkins wants to thank his fans for standing by him and he is confident the truth will prevail."
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