Alabama Shakes drummer Steven Johnson is facing a child abuse charge after he allegedly spanked his child, prosecutors say.
The 35-year-old rocker, who was charged last week, learned the reason for the charge Thursday in Alabama’s Limestone County Court, according to his lawyer, Nick Lough.
“He’s had an opportunity to go before the court, he’s had an opportunity to learn more about this allegation — and that’s exactly what it is, an allegation at this point,” says Lough, who claims Johnson is innocent.
The charge doesn’t mark Johnson’s first brush with the law.
In March 2020, he pleaded guilty to violating a domestic violence protection order in Lime County. He was sentenced to a one-year suspended sentence and 24 months of probation.
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