Winans' domestic violence charges dismissed

Monday, December 7, 2009 at 6:31pm
Staff Reports

Gospel singer BeBe Winans has been exonerated of domestic violence charges levied against him by his ex-wife.

General Sessions Court Judge Gloria Dumas signed an order on Friday dismissing all charges with prejudice. The order means the matter cannot be reopened. The judge made her decision after determining that Winans had seen a counselor as required by prosecutors.

In a statement issued Monday, Winans said, ''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 Feb. 13, the Grammy Award winning singer was accused of allegedly shoving ex-wife Debra Winans to the ground during an argument. Court filings said that the alleged altercation was based on custody issues dealing with their two children.

Winans, 47 of Nashville, subsequently was arrested on March 11 on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge and was briefly held at the Davidson County jail before posting $1,000 bond.

"This has been a trying year, beginning with the death of my father, " Winans said through his publicist. "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."

Winans is a four-time Grammy winner, who is best known for his gospel albums recorded with his sister, CeCe. He currently serves as a judge on BET's Sunday Best.

"This situation has made me a changed man," said Winans. "But it has also helped me see that there needs to be legislation that protects the rights of father's 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."