Michelle Branch Arrested For Domestic Assault, Splitting From Husband Patrick Carney

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Michelle Branch Arrested For Domestic Assault, Splitting From Husband Patrick Carney

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Michelle Branch was arrested for misdemeanor domestic assault early Thursday morning, as TMZ reports. Police were called to the Nashville home she shares with for-now husband Patrick Carney around 2AM, and Branch admitted that she had slapped Carney in the face “one or two times.” Around 30 minutes before the police arrived, Branch tweeted that Carney had cheated on her with his manager — that tweet has since been deleted. Branch was taken into custody and released soon after.

The news comes amid the announcement that Branch is planning to separate from Carney, who she married three years ago. She has two children with Carney, one of whom is six months old. “To say that I am totally devastated doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel for myself and for my family,” Branch said in a statement that was shared with TMZ and People. “The rug has been completely pulled from underneath me and now I must figure out how to move forward. With such small children, I ask for privacy and kindness.”

UPDATE: TMZ reports that the domestic assault charges against Branch have been dropped.

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