Country singer Rodney Atkins has filed for divorced after pleading innocent in court over domestic violence allegations.
Atkins was arrested on Nov.21 after his wife Tammy Jo Atkins, claimed he tried to suffocate her with a pillow. She told the police that she had been arguing all night with her husband who was intoxicated before he turned extremely violent.
Atkins's attorney Rose Palermo said the allegations were untrue, and claims the argument did not turn violent, the Associated Press Reported. It was an unfortunate verbal dispute that was in hearing range of the couple's young son, Palermo said. His first priority became getting out of the earshot of the child, and that is when Mrs. Atkins called the police and gave them her version of the argument, which is completely untrue.
The police couldn't find any evidence of violent conduct and according to Palermo it is a matter of his word over hers.
Atkins told Lime light that the allegations were hugely exaggerated.
Atkins filed for divorce at Williamson County Court on Thursday, and both parties alleged inappropriate marital conduct, according to the AP.
The platinum-selling singer is seeking joint-custody of his children as well as equal distribution of assets, alimony and child support.
Mr. Atkins plans to spend significant time with his child over the Christmas holidays and respectfully requests privacy at this time, a statement issued by Palermo reads. Mr. Atkins wants to thank his fans for standing by him and he is confident the truth will prevail.
Atkins has had several number one hits including, If You're Going Through Hell, Take a Back Road, and Watching You. He met his ex-wife in college, and she starred in his music video, Farmer's Daughter.