Steven Johnson, a drummer from the American Grammy-winning rock band Alabama Shakes, has been arrested on charges of child abuse.
Johnson was arrested and taken at the Alabama’s Limestone County Jail on Wednesday, news reported.
A grand jury indicted him on charges of wilful torture, abuse and cruelly beating or otherwise wilfully maltreating a child.
Bond is set at $ 21,500 (£ 15,580) with an arraignment fixed date set for April 7th.
Johnson, 35, previously pleaded guilty in March last year for violating a domestic violence protection law in Limestone County.
It was filed by his ex- wife who accused Johnson of threatening, harassment, stalking and choking her in 2018, when they divorced after three and a half years of marriage.
He received a suspended sentence of one year in prison, with 24 months of probation.
About Albama Shakes
Alabama Shakes has been off the camera and public eye since 2018.
The roots-rock revivalists won a host of Grammys for their 2012 debut album, Boys & Girls, and its 2015 follow-up, Sound & Colour, before lead singer Brittany Howard launched a solo career.
Several news organizations have contacted representatives of the group to comment on it and we will keep you posted with developments that take place ahead.
Formed in 2009, Alabama Shakes established themselves locally via live shows featuring original songs and covers of hits by the likes of AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. In 2011, they signed to ATO in the US and Rough Trade in the UK, and received critical acclaim – and several Grammy nominations – for their debut album, 2012’s Boys & Girls.
In 2019, Howard said that writing with the group had become difficult. “Nothing was happening,” she told Pitchfork. “It was really torturous, because we’re usually really good at that.” She decided to go her own way: Jaime also received seven Grammy nominations, this year winning best rock song for Stay High.