Bebe Winans ClearedPublished by Torrence Glenn on Monday, December 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm.
I didn’t really cover the story of Bebe Winans’ domestic assault charges stemming from an incident with his wife Debra Winans back in February. The blog was relatively new, Sunday Best was in full swing and at that time, if you remember, all of my efforts went into the show and album releases only. Only later did I begin to cover and discuss all think gospel and “church world” related. Honestly, I’d kind of forgotten about it until just recently when Lexi interviewed Debra and spoke about the incident, among others.
Well, 10 months later he’s been cleared of all charges. See the statement released from his camp:
Gospel singer BeBe Winans has been exonerated of all charges of allegations that he assaulted his ex-wife Debra Winans. Judge Gloria Dumas of the General Sessions Court for Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County signed an order on Friday, December 4, 2009, dismissing all charges with prejudice. With this order, this domestic matter is over and cannot be reopened.
“This has been a trying year, beginning with the death of my father, “ says Winans. “Even though this allegation has affected not just me, but also the entire Winans family, my children and certain aspects of my career, I chose to stay quiet because I knew the truth. To be exonerated of all charges shows the power of trusting in God, and is a wonderful Christmas gift for me and my children.”
On February 13, 2009, the Grammy Award winning singer was accused of allegedly shoving his ex-wife to the ground during an argument. Court filings stated that the alleged altercation was based on custody issues dealing with their two children. Winans was arrested on March 11, 2009 on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge and was briefly held at the Davidson County jail before posting $1000 bond.
During the media frenzy, Winans maintained his innocence all along, choosing to take the high road, never responding to his ex-wife and allowing justice to prevail. The allegations, however, have stirred up a fire inside Winans to begin a persistent effort to fight for the father or the man who may be going through the same struggle. “This situation has made me a changed man,” says Winans. “But it has also helped me see that there needs to be legislation that protects the rights of fathers when it comes to the custody of their children. All men are not deadbeat Dads, all men are not abusing women. And it’s unfortunate that the legal system and society assume the worst before they hear the truth. My children are my first priority and I want and need to become the voice for the men around the world who are doing the RIGHT thing!”
Check back soon for an update on this story, as I had a chance to speak with Debra Winans regarding Bebe’s exoneration. I think you’ll also find it interesting what she had to say.