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Country Singer Billy Currington Charged With Elder Abuse, Threatening 70-Year-Old Boat Captain

Billy Currington Mug Shot Courtesy of Chatham County Sheriff

Billy Currington may not be much of a neighbor.

The country music singer has been indicted on charges of making terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person, both felonies, after allegedly menacing a 70-year-old charter boat captain for no reason that the alleged victim is aware of.

Charles Harvey Ferrelle claims that, on April 15, he was giving two passengers a boat tour off of Georgia's Tybee Island when Currington started yelling at them from his property on San Marco Drive.

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Ferrelle then returned to his dock and saw Currington in his own boat, according to a report filed by the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police and obtained by Georgia's WSAV-TV.

Then, per the report, Tybee Island Police Cpl. E. Randolph told the SCMP that he observed the "People Are Crazy" singer deboarded and approached the charter captain's dock "and the verbal abuse started again along with threats that he was going to f--k Mr Ferrelle up."

On April 16, the older man left a message with the SCMP that he "feared for his life," due to what happened the day before, per the report, which also stated that Ferrelle said he had no idea why Currington was "yelling threats and profanity at him" or why the singer "began threatening his life in front of his passengers."

"If I hadn't gotten into my slip fast enough I believe he would have run me over," Ferrelle told the SCMP, per the report.

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Currington, 39, was not arrested at the time, but after the Chatham County District Attorney's Office filed charges yesterday based on a grand jury's decision to indict, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

The singer tweeted yesterday: "hey guys, I wanted to thank everyone for the huge amount of support that I have received already. Unfortunately, I can't comment on this situation as this is an ongoing legal matter. It means a lot to me to have your support during this time."

He had tweeted April 17, the day after Ferrelle called the cops: "harrassing artists often at their home by boat should be illegal. thas all i know."

Currington, who was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for Male Country Vocal Performance for "People Are Crazy," is a Georgia native but reportedly makes his primary home in Nashville.

UPDATE: Currington was booked today in Chatham Superior Court and bond was set at $27,700.

—Additional reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum

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