Soul veteran JAMES BROWN has pleaded guilty to a domestic charge and has
agreed to pay the fine for the offence, because he didn't want to expose his
"family matters" to a jury.
The 71-year-old singer - who was arrested in January (04) by Aiken County,
South Carolina, police on suspicion of pushing his wife TOMMIE RAE HYNIE to the
ground and threatening to kill her - initially pledged to fight the charges,
instead forfeited his $1,260 (GBP700) bail, which will cover the financial
penalty for the crime.
Although Brown's lawyer, JIM HUFF, confirms the action is the same as
being convicted, he insists, "Mr Brown does not admit to being guilty of this
The GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE star also opted to settle the
case out of court because he didn't want his wife to have to testify at a
trial, in the fear it would damage their marriage.
Huff adds, "A public trial would subject Tommie Rae Hynie to cross
examination and challenge her veracity which would have the potential of
harming Mr Brown and Ms Hynie's relationship. My client desires to avoid
Brown's decision to avoid a trial will not affect a pardon he received
from the state of South Carolina in 2003 for seven convictions - mostly
relating to offences involving guns or drugs - over a 10-year period.