Red Dirt country artist Stoney LaRue has officially been charged with domestic abuse stemming from a July 20th incident where he allegedly pushed his live-in girlfriend Amanda Winsworth down a flight of stairs. The domestic assault and battery charge Stoney faces is a misdemeanor in Oklahoma.
Stoney was arrested in Oklahoma City after police received a 911 call from Stoney’s girlfriend on July 20th. Stoney was arrested without incident, booked into the Oklahoma County Jail and was later released on bond. It remained somewhat unclear if Stoney would be charged after his girlfriend tweeted out the day after the incident, “The happenings of this incident have been blown out of proportion by the media. I was never struck by my boyfriend. Please respect our privacy while we fix this matter.”
Winsworth filed a protective order against Stoney the day he was arrested, but according to court documents, the protective order was dismissed on August 3rd after Winsworth failed to appear in court. “He woke up ripping my dryer out of my hands, started punching my left arm & shoulder, pushed me down twice,” Winsworth said in the protective order. “I got up the 3rd time at the top of our staircase & he pushed me down the flights of stairs.”
“We got the initial call, and a female was contacting us saying that he [Stoney LaRue] had pushed her down the stairs,” Sergeant Jennifer Wardlow of the Oklahoma City Police Department told Saving Country Music. “Stoney, had gone out to have some drinks with another female, and the girlfriend I guess decided she didn’t want to go, and so she went out with this other girl. They came home very early, I think they said it was about 4:00 in the morning, were intoxicated, creating kind of a commotion, so she [the girlfriend] decided to go out and sleep in the car because she had to get up the next day and she wanted to be able to get some rest.”
The next morning, Winsworth came back into the apartment to get ready for work, and that’s when the situation turned violent.
“…he grabbed her curling iron and threw it down the stairs, grabbed her makeup bag and threw it down the stairs,” says Sergeant Jennifer Wardlow. “According to the report, when she was bending down to pick those items up, he pushed her, and she kind of went head over feet down the stairs. So officers took him into custody without any problem, [and] arrested him. The other female that was there as well was apparently hindering our officers.”
The other suspect has been identified as 43-year-old Richa Chandra. Police reported Amanda Winsworth had scrapes and scratches on her left leg and knee, and scratches on her back.
After the incident was made public, Stoney LaRue released a statement:
I want to apologize to my family, my friends and my fans for the recent circumstances that have come to light. I am going to take some time to work on myself. I will be entering an intensive and extensive program, and I appreciate your thoughts and good wishes for me during this trying time. Please check my website and Facebook page for updates on my upcoming tour dates, but most importantly, I appreciate your support during this time.
Stoney is set to resume touring starting September 10th.