Gospel Star James Fortune Arrested
October 27, 2014 at 3:37 AM (PT)
KTRK-TV reports gospel music star JAMES FORTUNE was arrested in STAFFORD, TX. The station said, "according to a spokesman for the FORT BEND COUNTY Sheriff's Office, the GRAMMY-nominated singer and songwriter is charged with aggravated assault family violence.
He was booked on OCTOBER 23rd, and posted the $20,000 bond the next day. This is not FORTUNE's first brush with the law. He was charged with injury to child in 2002 for burning his stepson, who was four years old at the time, with scalding hot water. According to a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the child's father, FORTUNE put the child in a bathtub and allegedly held him there. FORTUNE pled guilty to the charge and completed a six-year deferred adjudication. That lawsuit was dismissed."
Amid these reports, FORTUNE released the following statement:
"I am truly sorry for the negative attention this situation has brought my wife, family, friends and business partners. Because it is a pending legal matter, I cannot comment on what has been reported. However, I understand the seriousness of this matter and ask that you respect the privacy of my family as we address this together. I would also like to thank my fans for their continued outpouring of love and support."