Morgan Wallen arrested for throwing chair from rooftop bar in Nashville The country music star was arrested on four charges, including reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. The chair, thrown from a rooftop bar, landed on the street close to two police officers.

Morgan Wallen arrested for throwing a chair from a rooftop bar in Nashville

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LEILA FADEL, HOST:

Country music star Morgan Wallen was arrested early Monday in Nashville. He allegedly threw a chair from the rooftop of a bar on Sunday night. As NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas reports, Nashville police say the chair landed on the street below near two of its officers.

ANASTASIA TSIOULCAS, BYLINE: Morgan Wallen is one of today's most popular musicians.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LAST NIGHT")

MORGAN WALLEN: (Singing) Last night, we let the liquor talk.

TSIOULCAS: On Sunday night, Wallen was at fellow country artist Eric Church's new six-story bar and music venue. Church's bar, called Chiefs, just opened last Friday. According to the newspaper The Tennessean, the police have security footage of Wallen, quote, "lunging and throwing an object over the roof." Wallen has been charged with three felony counts of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

Wallen is not new to controversy. In 2021, TMZ posted a video of him yelling a racial slur. Wallen was suspended by his record label, Big Loud, and his music was briefly dropped by major radio conglomerates and the country music channel, CMT. He made a public apology, noting that when the video was filmed, he was, quote, "on hour 72 of a 72-hour bender."

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

WALLEN: There's no reason to downplay what I did. It matters. And please know I'm carefully choosing my next steps in repair. I want to end this update hopefully on a more positive note. Since that video was taken, I've been sober for nine days. It's not all that long of a time, but it's enough to know the man in that video is not the man that I'm trying to be.

TSIOULCAS: After the video of him using the racial slur became public, however, Wallen's popularity surged. He went on to have one of the biggest music hits of the year with his album "Dangerous." In 2023, his song "Last Night" and its album grabbed the No. 1 spots on the Billboard year-end charts.

Wallen has been released on a $15,250 bond. He's due in court on May 3 - the same day that he's scheduled to perform at Nashville's Nissan Stadium.

Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR News, New York.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

FADEL: Wallen's attorney, Warwick Robinson, told NPR that the country singer is, quote, "cooperating fully with authorities."

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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