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Country Star Rodney Atkins

Arrested for Trying to Smother

Wife with a Pillow

12/15/2011 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rodney Atkins Mug shot
Country superstar Rodney Atkins was arrested last month in Tennessee for domestic assault after allegedly trying to smother his wife with a pillow -- but TMZ has learned Rodney has since filed for divorce, and insists his wife made up the whole thing. 

According to court docs filed in Williamson County, Rodney's wife Tammy Atkins called 911 at 7:47 AM on November 21 -- claiming the two had been arguing throughout the night in their home ... when Rodney turned violent.

Tammy told police Rodney tried to smother her with a pillow ... and later grabbed her by the face and threw her down the hallway.

According to cops, Tammy insisted the platinum-selling singer "had been drinking alcohol all night and was intoxicated."

What's worse -- Tammy claims the entire assault took place in front of the couple's 10-year-old son.

Rodney was hauled to a nearby jail -- where he was booked and released on $2,500 bail.

But Rodney says his wife is straight up lying -- and his lawyer is calling the incident nothing more than an "unfortunate verbal dispute."

In a statement released to TMZ ... Rodney's lawyer says, "When Mr. Atkins realized their child was in hearing range of the argument his first priority became getting out of the earshot of the child."

The statement continues, "Mr. Atkins realized he would have no recourse but to file a complaint for divorce. He has exercised substantial parenting time with the parties son and he will continue to do so while the divorce is pending."

"Mr. Atkins wants to thank his fans for standing by him as he is confident the truth will prevail."
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lorrie    

NANCY GRACE, I USED TO LOVE HER.....NOW IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT HER AND HER CHILDREN. HOW DOES SHE SPEND ALL THE HOURS DANCING , JUDGING TV SHOWS ETC. AND FIND THAT MUCH TIME TO TAKE CARE OF HER CHILDREN FURTHERMORE, MY SON SLEPT 10 TO 12 HOUR SHIFTS, DROVE ME CRAZY, i USED TO GET UP ALL HOURS TO FEEL HIS LIFE. i WAS TOLD HE WAS A TWELVE HOUR OFF AND TWELVE HOUR ON BABY. YOY SHOULD SEE HIM TODAY AT 22 ALMOST 23. A ALL AMERICAN GUY. HANDSOME , HEALTHY , HONEST, HARD WORKING AND BEST KID YOU NANCY WILL EVER MEET.

982 days ago
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lorrie    

if his wife said he was drinking more an getting more abusive, why the hell didn[t she pick her child up and get the hell out of there. she put herself and child in danger of being hurt if her accusacions were true. why is no one going after her for that. she new he was getting angrier and angrier and she stayed there. what a crock of crap.

982 days ago
48.

mich    

Rodney, you're a sick F@%ck!

982 days ago
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Meghan    

Honestly, none of us know for sure what happened that night. But, I think the fact that the DA decided against pressing charges speaks volumes. Honestly, if he had tried to smother her don't you think he'd have bruises or maybe even scratches from her trying to get him to get off of her w/ the pillow?... If it truly did happen then I think the DA should/would have pressed charges.. I think he is possibly a MEAN drunk, and she was fed up...

971 days ago
50.

Cheleesa    

This doesn't even look like Rodney Atkins in any way shape or form!! The country singer is HOT this guy is NOT

887 days ago
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