Justin Townes Earle Has Oct. 19 Court Date After Arrest in Indianapolis

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle is scheduled to appear in an Indianapolis court on Oct. 19 in connection with last week’s arrest on charges of battery, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement by force. Earle, the 28-year-old son of singer-songwriter Steve Earle, was arrested Thursday (Sept. 16) following a performance at Radio Radio, a local nightclub. Several unsubstantiated reports have appeared online regarding his behavior onstage. However, Indianapolis police said club owner David “Tufty” Clough reported that Earle smashed a table, a lamp and a mirror in the club’s dressing room. Clough’s daughter claims Earle hit her with his fist when she attempted to prevent him from assaulting her father. In a statement issued Tuesday to the Indianapolis Star newspaper, Earle said the online reports about the altercation are inaccurate. “I have been advised by counsel that I should not comment on a pending criminal matter, but suffice to say that I am looking forward to having my day in court. I would also like to say that I oppose violence against women in any form.” He is free on a $150 bond and continues his tour this week with stops in Ohio and Virginia.