Country star Darius Rucker arrested in Tennessee on drug charges

 February 5, 2024

Country music star Darius Rucker was arrested Thursday on three misdemeanor drug charges in Tennessee about 20 miles south of Nashville.

Rucker was released the same day as the arrest on $10,500 bail, and the Williamson County Sheriff's office has not commented on what kind of drugs he had in his possession or what led to his arrest.

TMZ reported that the tags on his car were expired, which caused police to stop him and then find the drugs. Like many country music stars, Rucker lives in Nashville.

Darius Rucker "is fully cooperating with authorities related to the misdemeanor charges," his attorney, Mark Puryear told NBC News about the incident.

Gig canceled

Rucker was scheduled to play at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday and was removed from the schedule after the arrest. Rucker previously played at the Opry in 2008.

Rucker, 57, got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December.

He was a member of the popular rock/pop band Hootie and the Blowfish prior to becoming a solo country music star in 2008.

He won Grammy Awards both with Hootie in 1995 and as one of the first black country stars in 2014.

Rucker released his eighth solo album, "Carolyn’s Boy," in 2023 as a tribute to his late mother.

Personal life

Rucker has three children, Carolyn, 28, Daniella, 22, and Jack, 18.

He separated from wife of 20 years, Beth Leonard, in 2020 and is now divorced. He shares Daniella and Jack with Leonard, whom he has called a "saint."

“That stuff hurts and you feel like a failure,” Rucker said of the divorce. “But we’re still a family — a piece of paper is not going to change that. We’re still a family, and that’s all because Beth is awesome. She knows it’s the best for the kids, and she’s a great human being.”

Rucker's ex-girlfriend Kate Quigley, a comedian, called the arrest "karma" on X before deleting the post.

"Mood when u hear your d-bag ex got arrested. #Karma," she captioned a bikini selfie before deleting it hours later.

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