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Alabama Shakes drummer Steven Johnson arrested on child abuse charges

 Drummer Steve Johnson of Alabama Shakes
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Last Wednesday (March 24), Steven William Johnson, the drummer of US award-winning Southern-rock band Alabama Shakes, was arrested for child abuse. 

A grand jury indicted Johnson on charges of “wilful torture, abuse and cruelly beating or otherwise wilfully maltreating a child under the age of 18”.

News outlets are reporting (opens in new tab) he has been taken into custody at Alabama’s Limestone County Jail, and has had his bond set at £15,600 ($21,500), with an arraignment date scheduled for April 7.

In March of last year, Johnson pleaded guilty to violating a domestic violence protection order filed by his ex-wife in Limestone County, after she accused him of threatening behaviour, harassment, stalking and choking her in 2018. He received a year in jail with 24 months on probation. 

Alabama Shakes have been on hiatus since 2018, following vocalist Brittany Howard’s decision to pursue a solo career.  

In 2019, Howard told Pitchfork that writing with the group was no longer an option, stating: "Nothing was happening. It was really torturous, because we’re usually really good at that."

The group have not commented on Johnson's arrest.

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