March 25, 1998 12:00 AM

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in New York’s Orchard Park Town Court in the case of country singers Tim McGraw, 35, and Kenny Chesney, 33, reports the Associated Press. At issue is Chesney’s allegedly going giddy-up on a police horse last June and McGraw’s allegedly tussling with cops who tried to get Chesney off the steed. McGraw, the husband of country star Faith Hill, is charged with assault, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and harassment — misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in prison. Chesney is charged with harassment. McGraw’s road manager, Mark Russo, who purportedly joined the fray, is charged with obstruction, resisting arrest, harassment and disorderly conduct. The alleged incident occurred after a music festival near Buffalo. Defense attorney Thomas Eoannou has gone on record as saying that the singers take the charges seriously.

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