Billy Currington is once more being sued by the Georgia boat captain who brought criminal charges against him in 2013, reports The Savannah Morning News. Seventy-year-old Charles Harvey Ferrelle III filed the suit against Billy in Chatham County State Court on Tuesday, May 6, seeking damages related to the incident that took place near Billy’s home at Tybee Island in April 2013.
Ferrelle was conducting a chartered tour when his boat passed close to Billy’s dock and caused a strong wake. Billy followed Ferrelle and his passengers in his own boat, and reportedly threatened him. Video and pictures seized from Billy’ camera confirmed Ferrelle’s story. For his part, Billy told investigators that his celebrity status attracts tourists on a regular basis, and that he thought Ferrelle was conducting a tour of his home. Ferrelle claims to have had no idea who Billy was at the time.
In a plea bargain in 2013, Billy pleaded no contest to a charge of abuse of an elderly person in exchange for a sentence of five years of probation and a $1,000 fine. He was also ordered to undergo anger management counseling and have no contact with Ferrelle. Ferrelle and Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg McConnell objected to the agreement.
Ferrelle’s lawsuit is based on a post titled ‘Georgia Town‘ made by Billy on his website on September 25, 2013. The suit alleges that Billy “mocked, derided and libeled” Ferrelle by referring to the captain as “baiting” him, saying he “ran like a scared rabbit on dry land,” and was “hallucinating” and “talking to himself.” The suit also claims that Billy’s behavior placed Ferrelle “in reasonable apprehension of immediately receiving a violent injury” and “caused severe emotional distress.”
Ferrelle is asking for a jury to determine damages. Billy has not spoken publicly about the new lawsuit.