Billy Currington Getting Sued 

Currington Getting Sued

Last Fall...Currington pleaded no contest in the case of "abuse to an elderly person" - who was later identified as Charles Harvey Ferrelle III.   According to the Savannah Morning News, Ferrelle III has now filed suit against Currington charging that Currington has ridiculed him on his website following their altercation in April of last year. It was alleged that Ferrelle, as captain of an eco tour aboard his charter boat, passed Currington’s docks and that Currington began screaming and threatening Ferrelle and his two passengers. On top of that, Currington reportedly followed Ferrelle’s boat to AJ’s Dockside Restaurant, where he burst into a profanity-laced tirade and threatened to harm Ferrelle.

According to the suit, Currington repeatedly referred to Ferrelle as an “old man” and “threatened to murder” him.  When Currington pleaded no contest to a felony charge he abused an elderly person, he did so in return for a negotiated five-year probated sentence.  The sentence was imposed under the state’s First Offender Act, which means that if Currington completes his probation without incident, his record will be wiped clean.  Both Ferrelle and the Chief Assistant District Attorney objected to the negotiated plea-sentence.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday and seeks damages to be determined by a jury.  In Currington’s web post, he included such references to Ferrelle as “baiting” him, “ran like a scared rabbit on dry land,” and was “hallucinating” and “talking to himself." As a result, Ferrelle contends, he suffers “significant and ongoing anxiety and fear” each time he conducts a private charter tour in the vicinity of Currington’s residence."  The suit also alleges Currington’s conduct placed Ferrelle “in reasonable apprehension of immediately receiving a violent injury” and “caused severe emotional distress.”