March 25, 1998 12:00 AM

Tim McGraw, 34, reportedly looked nervous as he arrived at the Orchard Park, N.Y., Town Court Monday to face misdemeanor charges over a horse-riding incident last June. Accompanied by his wife, Faith Hill, McGraw heard the prosecutor in the case admit to the jury that the singer was a nice guy, despite the fact that he stands accused of sparring with police when, according to sheriff’s deputies, he and his road manager, Mark Russo, tried to intervene when authorities attempted to pull singer Kenny Chesney down from a police horse. Chesney is accused of commandeering the animal without permission. “He takes (this case) very hard,” McGraw’s lawyer, Thomas Eoannou, said of his client, as quoted by Court TV. “He didn’t have to be here. He could have waived his presence.” McGraw is charged with misdemeanors of third-degree assault, obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, and menacing, as well as a harassment violation. These could result in a one-year sentence, which Russo also faces. Chesney, who was not in court on Monday but was expected on Tuesday, faces only a disorderly conduct violation and 15 days in jail.

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