McGraw and Chesney Go Free

A six-person jury took just over two hours on Wednesday (May 23) to acquit Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney of all charges stemming from an arrest last year that resulted in assault charges against the country stars.

"I have complete faith in the justice system and am pleased with the verdict that was rendered," McGraw said in a statement following his acquittal. "I would like to thank my fans for their support and look forward to moving on."

McGraw had been charged with misdemeanor assault, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration and menacing, along with harassment. If convicted, McGraw could have faced up to a year in prison. Chesney, charged with disorderly conduct, could have received 15 days in jail. The trial had been in adjournment over the weekend after the original judge suffered a heart attack on Thursday.

McGraw and Chesney both took the stand on Tuesday and charged that sheriff’s deputies had assaulted them in the incident, which took place at a George Strait Country Music Festival at Ralph Wilson Stadium near Buffalo, N.Y., last June 3. McGraw and Chesney were arrested and charged after Chesney rode a police horse backstage and both country singers scuffled with police who had been trying to remove Chesney from the horse.

McGraw’s scheduled appearance Thursday on ABC’s The View has been postponed.