Earle Cancels Tour, Enters Rehab

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September 23, 2010 | 9:05pm EST

Steve Earle’s troubled country rocker son Justin Townes Earle has cancelled his current tour and checked into rehab following his arrest last week (16Sep10).
The singer/songwriter spent last Thursday night (12Sep10) in an Indianapolis, Indiana jail cell after allegedly trashing his dressing room after a concert at the city’s Radio Radio club.

Venue bosses pressed charges for assault and battery, but Earle dismissed the allegations, insisting, “Reports surfacing online about the incident in Indianapolis are not accurate. I have been advised by counsel that I should not comment on a pending criminal matter, but suffice to say that I am looking forward to having my day in court.”

Earle is now back in the headlines a week later – his management team has announced he’s axed all upcoming gigs and checked into a treatment centre to address his “struggle with addiction”.

A statement on the star’s website reads, “Justin Townes Earle has decided to suspend the remaining dates on his tour and enter a rehabilitation facility.

“Earle is strongly committed to confronting his ongoing struggle with addiction and thanks his family, friends and fans for their continued support through this difficult time.”