A spokesperson for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said the 35-year-old multi-talented music industry star got into a physical altercation with a family member (who’s name is behind withheld at this time). Someone at the residence reportedly called 911, at which point police officers took Fortune into custody on a single charge of aggregated assault. Fortune was released from jail on October 24 after posting $20,000 bond.
Details regarding this incident remain unclear, but this isn’t Fortune’s first run in with the law. In 2002, he was charged with injury to a child for allegedly burning his four-year-old stepson with scalding-hot water. In the lawsuit, the child’s biological father accused Fortune of placing the child in a tub of scalding water and forcing him to stay. Fortune pleaded guilty during the criminal trial to felony injury of a child, of which he received six years’ deferred adjudication. The child’s father, however, is seeking $5 million in civil damages for this incident.
The only official statement made by Fortune was a recent email correspondence to AlwaysAList, in which he apologized for the negative attention his recent arrest has caused for his family, friends and business partners. Fortune notes, however, that he cannot discuss details of the incident since it’s an ongoing legal matter.
“I am truly sorry for the negative attention this situation has brought my wife, family, friends and business partners. Because it is a pending legal matter, I cannot comment on what has been reported. However, I understand the seriousness of this matter and ask that you respect the privacy of my family as we address this together,” said Fortune in a statement to AlwaysAList following his arrest.
Although he’s yet to a win a Grammy, James Fortune has been nominated for two throughout his career, including Best Gospel Album of the Year and Best Gospel Song of Year. He also topped the Best of 2012 Gospel Songs/Artists List. According to Fortune’s Twitter profile, he’s won three Stellar award. Whether or not his recent run in with the law will affect his music career remains unknown.
James Fortune has recorded over half a dozen albums throughout his 10-year-long career, including You Survived (2004), The Transformation (2007), Encore (2010), I Believe: Live (2010), Identity (2012), Grace Gift (2012), and Live Through It (2014)