Tony Brown Cleared of Domestic Assault Charges Following Alleged Fight Over 'Slutty Photos'

The four-time Grammy winner allegedly slapped a female relative in the face before dragging her by her hair

Photo: Metro Nashville Police Dept

UPDATE: Tony Brown has been cleared of domestic assault charges, per a judge’s ruling on Sept. 27, 2017. “The prosecutor reviewed the evidence in the case and chose not to proceed with the prosecution and the charges were then dismissed by Circuit Court judge Amanda McClendon,” a representative for Brown told PEOPLE in a statement.


PEOPLE confirms that country music producer Tony Brown was arrested early Tuesday morning on a single domestic assault charge.

A Nashville Metro Police spokeswoman tells PEOPLE that Brown, a four-time Grammy winner and the 2008 recipient of the American Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award, was detained by Belle Meade police shortly after 1 a.m.

The charge against the country music icon stems from an argument he allegedly had with a female family member who called 911 Monday evening at around 11:30 p.m., according to police.

According to an arrest warrant obtained by PEOPLE, the dispute allegedly involved a photo shoot and the unnamed woman’s suggestions for possible poses. Brown, 69, allegedly told the woman “that they were slutty poses, and slapped her on the face,” the warrant states.

The warrant claims Brown also grabbed the woman by her face before pushing her to the floor, on which she hit her head. The warrant alleges Brown “got on top of the victim and was pulling her hair” and then dragged her down a hallway.

The woman managed to break free and called her parents, who told her to phone 911, the report states. When she did, she scooped up her dog and ran into her car, where she locked herself inside, according to the report.

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The warrant says the woman had “several marks on her body and visible signs of her hair being pulled due to the damage of her hair extensions.”

Brown remains in jail on a 12-hour hold after posting $10,000 bond, according to court records.

On Feb. 6, Brown remarried his wife Jamie Nicole Brown; the couple had divorced in 2014.

During his career, Brown has produced records by a number of country stars, including Vince Gill, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Lyle Lovett, Trisha Yearwood, and Brooks & Dunn.

Brown is also the former president of MCA Nashville and the co-founder of Universal South Records. He did not return emails or calls Tuesday seeking comment.

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