One of Texas country’s biggest stars is in some serious trouble. As News 9 in Oklahoma City first reported, Stoney LaRue was arrested on Monday, July 20, for domestic violence. According to Oklahoma City police, LaRue (whose real last name is Phillips) threw his girlfriend down a flight of stairs because she woke him up.
In light of this arrest, LaRue announced late yesterday afternoon that he would be entering into an “intensive and extensive” treatment program to address unnamed issues. LaRue had been scheduled to perform in Dallas on Friday, August 1, at Gexa Energy Pavilion during an alt-country super fest featuring Randy Rogers Band, Jason Isbell and Whiskey Myers. According to LaRue’s publicist Jules Wortman, LaRue's sudden plans for treatment mean he will “probably not” be making it to that show. “He probably will not be available,” says Wortman, though the appearance has yet to be officially cancelled.
As Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, public information officer for the Oklahoma City Police Department, told the Observer, on Monday morning LaRue returned to his apartment, where the female victim was staying, from a night of partying. He was joined by another female at the residence, though Wardlow couldn’t speak to LaRue's relationship with 42-year-old Richa Chandra, a Nashville resident who was also arrested at the scene for interfering with police as they attempted to photograph the victim's injuries. According to police, those injuries included scratches and scrapes to her legs and back.
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According to Wardlow, the victim, now identified as LaRue’s girlfriend Amanda Winsworth, decided to go sleep in her car around 4 a.m. on July 20 because LaRue and his companion were making too much noise. When she returned to get ready for work a few hours later, around 7 a.m., she used a hair dryer that woke him up. LaRue grabbed a few of her personal items, including makeup and a curling iron, and threw them down the stairs.
When Winsworth reached down to pick these items up, LaRue pushed her down the stairs. According to officer’s notes from the investigation, Winsworth’s injuries indicated that she’d gone head-over-heels all the way down the flight of stairs. Soon after, Winsworth grabbed her phone and called police. When they arrived, LaRue was arrested without incident and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail, where he bonded out shortly thereafter. The Oklahoma County Jail had no information on LaRue’s bond amount.
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As with all instances of domestic violence, LaRue’s case appears to be complicated. Tuesday morning, Winsworth tweeted that the media had gotten the story all wrong. LaRue’s own social media accounts have been silent since before the incident, which coincided with an appearance at Oklahoma City’s Zoo Amphitheatre. When reached for comment, Randy Rogers, who will headline the show at Gexa on August 1, declined to answer questions.
The happenings of this incident have been blown out of proportion by the media. I was never struck by my boyfriend @stoneylarue.— Amanda Winsworth (@JustFancy_) July 21, 2015
In the statement sent late yesterday afternoon, LaRue said that he would be “taking some time to work on [him]self” and apologized to his family, friends and fans. That brief apology, sent via email, did not include his victim.