Country singer Mindy McCready’s life is imitating one of the hard luck stories common in country music. The young country star has been having a disastrous year – last August she plead guilty to illegally obtaining the painkiller OxyContin using the name of a friend on the prescription, and just last Friday she was arrested on a DUI and suspended license charge. Two days after the DUI arrest she suffered a savage beating at the hands of a former boyfriend – William McKnight. From E! Online:
According to a police affidavit, McKnight tailed McCready into her Green Hills-area home through the garage as she returned to the residence at 7 a.m. The presumably jealous McKnight confronted McCready, allegedly threatened to kill her and told her, “You’re not going to go out with other guys.”
McCready fled upstairs, and McKnight chased her into a bedroom, where the attack reportedly occurred.
The police report stated that McKnight began punching McCready in the face and banging her head against the headboard. He then wrapped his hands around her throat and started to choke her, saying, “I am going to kill you,” per the report. At that point, McCready told investigators she began to feel as if she was going to lose consciousness.
McKnight eventually relaxed his grip but continued to pummel her face, police said. He then allegedly dragged her down the stairs before finally leaving. McCready’s reputation could certainly use a dose of the sympathetic coverage she’s certain to receive. Presumably McCready’s people have made sure that pictures of here swollen and beaten face (see the video link below) were available for the heavy local news coverage on the story. McCready has been opening up to Nashville TV and radio stations about the stormy relationship, and don’t be surprised if she appears in short order on the Oprah Winfrey show.
One more slightly work-unsafe picture below the break.