Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker arrested on misdemeanor drug charges in Tennessee

Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker was arrested Thursday in Tennessee on drug abuse charges.

The 57-year-old musical artist, according to his attorney Darius Rucker, is “cooperating fully with authorities in connection with felony charges,” according to TMZwho initially broke the news of his arrest.

Rucker, whose hits include Hold My Hand, Only Wanna Be with You and Let Her Cry, was arrested in his native Williamson County on three felony charges, two of which were drug-related, the outlet reported.

The three-time Grammy winner was booked in connection with three separate charges, TMZ reported, including a pair of counts of simple possession/casual exchange of a controlled substance; and an offense concerning his vehicle’s registration.

Rucker was transported to a jail facility at 10 a.m. PT Thursday and bound and released around 11 a.m., the outlet reported. According to WZTV, Rucker’s bond was set at $10,500.

Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker was arrested Thursday in Tennessee on drug abuse charges, TMZ reported Thursday.  Taken on stage in Las Vegas in September 2021

Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker was arrested Thursday in Tennessee on drug abuse charges, TMZ reported Thursday. Taken on stage in Las Vegas in September 2021

Rucker, whose hits include Hold My Hand, Only Wanna Be with You and Let Her Cry, was photographed in LA in August.

Rucker, whose hits include Hold My Hand, Only Wanna Be with You and Let Her Cry, was photographed in LA in August.

Rucker, who has reinvented himself as a country singer in recent years, opened up about his past experience with substance abuse in a May 2013 interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“Doing drugs and drinking every night — I did it,” he told the paper at the time. “Trust me, I’ve done enough for everyone. And that’s just not how I want to live anymore.’

Rucker was embroiled in another drug-related controversy more than two years ago when he commented on his ex-girlfriend Kate Quigley, 42, after she was hospitalized in critical condition following a near-fatal overdose that left the took the lives of three other people. .

In the September 4, 2021, incident, comedians Fuquan Johnson and Enrico Colangeli and a woman, Natalie Williamson, died after consuming what authorities said was cocaine laced with fentanyl at a home near Venice Beach, California. consumed

After the incident, Rucker appeared on the red carpet at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas and told People that Quigley was “doing well” and “coming out of it.”

Quigley slammed Rucker for publicly commenting on the incident without bothering to call her and see how she was doing.

Quigley, who has since detailed the fatal incident, said in a tweet on September 11, 2021: ‘Hi Darius, can you please refrain from making public comments about my health or well-being as you have not called once don’t have to see how I’m doing and have no clue? Thanks Boo Boo!!!’

In another tweet, Quigley said it “stung” to hear Rucker made the public comments without seeing how she was doing. The comedian added: ‘He’s probably writing a song about me called Let Her Die.’

The singer, who was photographed in Nashville in November, spent about an hour in custody Thursday, officials said

The singer, who was photographed in Nashville in November, spent about an hour in custody Thursday, officials said

The veteran musical artist was pictured at the CMA Awards in Austin, Texas in April 2023.

The veteran musical artist was pictured at the CMA Awards in April 2023 in Austin, Texas.

Rucker began dating the comedian following his split from wife Beth Leonard in July 2020 after two decades of marriage.

The pair announced their split in a joint statement, saying: ‘We remain great friends and parenting partners and remain each other’s biggest cheerleaders. Our priority will always be our beautiful family.

‘We have so much love in our hearts for each other and will continue to encourage growth and expansion in each other. Please be kind as we embark on this journey, and we always thank you for your love and support.’

Rucker is the father of three children: He is the father of daughter Carolyn (28), with ex Elizabeth Ann Phillips; and to daughter Daniella (22) and son Jack (19) with ex-wife Beth.