Alabama Shakes drummer Steven William Johnson has been arrested, facing multiple charges of child abuse, wilful torture and abduction of a child under the age of 18. An Alabama Grand Jury indicted the musician on the charges on Wednesday the 24th of March.
The 35-year-old musician was taken into custody and a bond was set at $21,500 (£15,500), with an arraignment scheduled for April 7th. The official charge announced by the jury was, “willful torture, willful abuse, and cruelly beating or otherwise willfully maltreating a child under the age of 18.”
As of yet, Steven Johnson’s representatives are yet to make an announcement of their own regarding the arrest.
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.