Domestic Assault Case Against Michelle Branch Dismissed

Sheriff's report says Michelle Branch slapped her husband
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2022 3:35 PM CDT
Updated Aug 26, 2022 1:31 AM CDT
Michelle Branch Faces Domestic Assault Charge
Singer Michelle Branch arrives at the LA Food and Wine Festival's Lexus Live on Grand Hosted by Curtis Stone on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

(Newser) Update: The domestic assault charge against singer Michelle Branch has been dropped. The state of Tennessee requested that the case against the 39-year-old be dismissed, People reports. TMZ reports prosecutors then did just that, but no other details were available as to why. Our original story from Aug. 14 follows:

Michelle Branch has been charged with domestic assault after an altercation with her husband at their home in Nashville. The singer-songwriter was arrested early Thursday after slapping Patrick Carney across the face, the Davidson County Sheriff's Office said. Branch, 39, had accused her husband of being unfaithful, per People. She had tweeted that Carney had cheated on her while she was home with their 6-month-old, then deleted the post. Branch and Carney, 42, drummer for the Black Keys, have been married for three years and have two children together.

Branch was released later in the day after posting a $1,000 bond on the misdemeanor count, per Yahoo Entertainment. She's to appear in court Nov. 7. Branch issued a statement to People saying that she and Carney were separating. "The rug has been completely pulled from underneath me and now I must figure out how to move forward," Branch said. (Read more domestic assault stories.)

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