(Credit: Limestone County Sheriff)

Alabama Shakes drummer Steve Johnson released on bail following child abuse charges

Last month, Alabama Shakes drummer Steve Johnson was arrested on charges of “willful torture, willful abuse, and cruelly beating or otherwise wilfully maltreating a child under the age of 18.” He has since been released on bail.

On March 24th of this year, the Grammy-winning drummer was arrested after a grand jury indicted him on the accused charges.

Thereafter, Johnson was taken to Limestone County Jail where a bond was set at $21,500, the equivalent of around £15,600. 

Local Alabama news outlet WAAY has since reported that the musician has since been released following the payment of this bond. 

In the days leading up to yesterday’s hearing Johnson’s lawyer, Nick Lough made a statement alleging his client’s innocence in the matter, saying: “Steve Johnson maintains his innocence on all of these allegations. And that’s what they are, allegations.”

Lough later added, “This just came out of the blue and took everybody by surprise. It took him by surprise, it took us by surprise and we immediately tried to take action on it and he’s been sitting in jail for 15 days unable to get out ever since. This is a great day for Steven Johnson.”

This latest development comes after news in 2019 that the drummer had been arrested for violating a ‘protection from abuse’ order. The order had been filed by his ex-wife who accused Johnson of threatening behaviour following their separation including, threatening, harassing, stalking and choking her.

Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge and received a one-year suspended prison sentence and 24 months on probation.

The Grammy award-winning drummer has not worked with the band since 2018 when Brittany Howard departed the group to focus on solo material. As of yet none of the band or their representatives have made comment. 

Johnson’s trial is set for May 19.

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