Charges won’t be filed against Baton Rouge singer _lowres

Allison Collins

Prosecutors will not file charges against Baton Rouge singer Allison Collins following her February arrest on domestic abuse violence, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Collins presented his office with some credible evidence about what happened Dec. 21, the night the incident was said to have occurred. Moore said they weighed that evidence before ultimately deciding not to charge her.

“I would like to thank all of my fans and my friends and family who stuck by me and believed in me and knew that the story wasn’t true,” Collins said when contacted Sunday afternoon.

The arrest of her husband, Kerry Rhys, on possession of Schedule II drugs June 11, when he is accused of buying methadone, also factored into the decision, Moore said. Moore said he was unsure if his office would have won the case had they tried Collins.

Collins was arrested following accusations that she attacked her husband in December over adult photos he had of her in his camera. She said she thought the photos had been deleted.

Rhys has denied filing the complaint against his wife, but the Sheriff’s Office said he did file it.

Collins has been a fixture in the Baton Rouge music scene since the mid-1990s with her band, The Allison Collins Band.

She took a break from the band from 2003-2009 to be soloist for Jimmy Swaggart’s church and television programs but is back performing at local venues, including “Live After Five” concerts downtown.