According to the police report, on April 15 Charles Harvey Ferrelle was giving a boat tour of the Tybee Island area to two paying customers. When he drove in front of Billy’s house, Billy became upset and started yelling at the boat, but Ferrelle continued the tour. When he came back by Billy’s house, Billy got in his boat and chased Ferrelle’s back into his slip.
The report adds that Billy told Ferrelle he was going to beat him up, and that as he was pursuing Ferrelle he drove too close to another dock and nearly knocked an elderly man into the water. Billy was also charged with abuse of an elder person. The Tennessean says it is unclear if that charge is related to the exchange with Ferrelle or to the elderly man who nearly fell in the water.
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Two days after the incident, Billy tweeted, “harrassing artists often at their home by boat should be illegal. thas all i know.”
Yesterday he tweeted, “hey guys, I wanted to thank everyone for the huge amount of support that I have received already. Unfortunately, I can’t comment on this situation as this is an ongoing legal matter. It means a lot to me to have your support during this time.”
In 2007 Billy entered a month-long trauma recovery program in Arizona to deal with anger issues stemming from childhood abuse. He received 6 months of follow-up treatment in Hawaii after that program and returned to his career, charting hits including “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” and “People Are Crazy.”