Rodney Atkins has filed for divorce after his wife, Tammy Jo Atkins called the police and had him hauled off to jail for alleged assault. Atkins was arrested on November 21, 2011 after a night of heavy drinking and a domestic fight with his wife.
The story is a he-said she-said type of situation. Basically, Tammy Jo claims they had got into a heated arguement when Rodney Atkins tried to smother her with a pillow. The she says that he grabbed her by the face and threw her down the hallway.
While Rodney Atkins attorney says this is just an “unfortunate verbal dispute” and that Tammy Jo Atkins “allegations of violence are completely untrue.”
Palermo writes that the argument between Rodney Atkins and his wife was an “unfortunate verbal dispute that was within hearing range of the couple’s young son. When Atkins realized this, his first priority became getting out of the earshot of the child, and that is when Mrs. Atkins called the police and gave them her version of the argument, which is completely untrue.”
Country singer, Rodney Atkins then decided to file for a divorce because of the false statements to police. A statement from his attorney says, ““Mr. Atkins realized he would have no recourse but to file a complaint for divorce. He has exercised substantial parenting time with the parties’ son and he will continue to do so while the divorce is pending.”
Rose Palermo issued a statement to E! News and E! Online reported about it saying “His attorney, Rose Palermo, has since issued statement to E! News giving his side of the story, denying any physical contact occurred, and stating that her client is innocent of the charges and basically calling his estranged missus a liar.”
“Under Tennessee state law, anyone can swear out a warrant to the police and have a warrant issued to an arrest,” said Palermo. “Obviously that is the case here, since according to the explicit terms of the warrant, it’s entirely based on the word of Mrs. Atkins. The police did not witness any assault because none occurred. The police did not witness any violence between Mr. and Mrs. Atkins. It is entirely based on her word.”
The statement continued with, “Atkins plans to spend significant time with his child over the Christmas holidays and respectfully requests privacy at this time. Mr Atkins wants to thank his fans for standing by him as he is confident the truth will prevail.”