Michelle Branch has domestic assault case dismissed

The singer, who has filed for divorce from The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, was arrested on August 11 and released on bail

Two weeks after Michelle Branch was arrested at her home with husband Patrick Carney on charges of domestic assault, the case has been dismissed.

The arrest on August 11 followed Branch’s split from Carney after three years of marriage. According to Rolling Stone, police were called to the couple’s Nashville, Tennessee home in response to a domestic disturbance. Branch told officers at the scene that she’d slapped Carney in the face “one to two times”.

The singer’s bail was set at $1,000 and she was released on the same day of the arrest. The day after, she filed for a divorce from Carney, citing irreconcilable differences.


On August 24, Billboard reported that the case has been dismissed at the request of the state.

Patrick Carney and Michelle Branch
Patrick Carney and Michelle Branch in 2021. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images

Branch and Carney met one another at a Grammys party in 2015, and began dating while working together on Branch’s 2017 album ‘Hopeless Romantic’, which Carney co-wrote and co-produced. They were married in April of 2019, and have two children – a son born in 2018 and a daughter born in February of this year.

The day before her arrest, Branch tweeted and then deleted a comment on the Black Keys‘ drummer’s alleged infidelity, writing, “Just found out my husband cheated on me … while I was home with our 6-month-old daughter.”

Shortly after that tweet, Branch spoke to People in a statement about her split from Carney. “To say that I am totally devastated doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel for myself and for my family. The rug has been completely pulled from underneath me and now I must figure out how to move forward,” she said. “With such small children, I ask for privacy and kindness.”

Carney has yet to publicly comment on Branch’s arrest, the charges or the separation.


The Black Keys released their 11th studio album, ‘Dropout Boogie’, in May, after previewing it with the singles ‘Wild Child’ and ‘It Ain’t Over’. The band are currently in the midst of a North American tour in support of the record.

Meanwhile, Branch is currently readying her fourth album, ‘The Trouble With Fever’, having released lead single ‘I’m A Man’ last month. The album is set to arrive in September.

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