Domestic assault case against Michelle Branch dismissed

The Tennessee domestic assault case involving singer Michelle Branch and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has been dropped.

Judge Gale Robinson dismissed the misdemeanor case against singer-songwriter “Everywhere” Wednesday at the state’s request, according to online court filings for the Davidson County Court Clerk.

“Settlement” was given as the reason for the termination, but no further details were given. No refund or court costs were incurred as a result of the litigation.

William Taylor Ramsey, an attorney listed for the case, did not immediately respond to The Times request for further comment on Thursday.

The firing comes amid Branch’s controversial split from Carney. Branch, 39, officially filed for divorce from the 42-year-old drummer after about three years of marriage and just days after she accused him of infidelity.

Branch had accused Carney of cheating on her while she was home with their newborn daughter in a now-deleted tweet. Hours later, on Aug. 11, she was arrested after Nashville police were called to the couple’s home over a possible domestic disturbance, according to an affidavit obtained by The Times in the case.

The “All You Wanted” singer told law enforcement that she and Carney “had marital issues and had a fight,” according to the criminal court’s affidavit. Their argument escalated and Branch admitted to punching Carney in the face “once or twice”. Carney was also questioned by law enforcement officials and said Branch punched him but he had no visible injuries, the affidavit said.

Branch was released on $1,000 bail and had her 12-hour detention period changed because she was breastfeeding her child.

She filed for divorce on Aug. 12, citing “irreconcilable differences,” and the documents said that “the parties are no longer fit to resume their marital relationship and live together as husband and wife,” People reported.

The musician also asked for child support and primary custody of their two children: daughter Willie Jacquet, 6 months, and son Rhys James, 4. Branch said she will allow Carney to have “appropriate parental leave” with the children. She also asked him to pay both of her legal fees. (The singer also has a 17-year-old daughter, Owen Isabelle, from her 11-year marriage to bassist Teddy Landau. She and Landau finalized their split in 2015.)

Carney, who co-wrote and co-produced Branch’s 2017 pop-rock album Hopeless Romantic, is currently on the Dropout Boogie tour with the Black Keys. Branch will be releasing her next album, The Trouble With Fever, on September 16 and shared the track listing on Instagram on Tuesday. She also plans to embark on a tour on September 15 to promote the album.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-08-25/michelle-branch-assault-case-dismissed-patrick-carney-nashville Domestic assault case against Michelle Branch dismissed

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