The Godfather Of Soul will not face charges...
James Brown will not face assault and kidnapping charges following complaints from an electrician who alleged he was held against his will and threatened with a knife while attempting to carry out repair work.
Local police were brought in to investigate claims made by electrician Russell Eubanks, who said that after going to investigate a complaint of no electricity at Brown‘s home in Beech Island, Georgia on July 3, he was confronted by the singer who thought he was a trespasser – and then threatened him with a knife.
Now, according to a report in the local Augusta Chronicle, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, who were investigating the complaint, have confirmed that the matter will go no further. In a statement released yesterday, the police said: “The facts of the case do not establish probable cause, and so the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office will not seek a warrant for the arrest of Mr Brown.”
A spokesperson for the Sheriff added the electrician “told his supervisors one version of events and investigators another”.
The authorities are now confident that Brown was concerned for his personal safety, and as he did not call for an electrician in the first place, became “upset because he didn’t know who the man was”.
Brown was in the UK when the initial complaint was made, headlining the Essential Festival in Brighton (July 16).