Anthrax's drummer Charlie Benante was reportedly arrested this last Friday night on domestic battery in front of a child. Benante and wife were allegedly arrested at the Hilton Garden Inn in Elkhart Indiana after arguing in front of their daughter, age 6.

According to a local report from WSBT.com, the two were arrested and picked up at the Hilton Garden Inn and both were subsequently released from jail the next day. Benante's booking form shows a court date set for this Friday, Aug. 3rd.

Anthrax is currently on the road as part of Mayhem Festival. Benante missed the first few weeks of the tour due to a hand injury, with Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner filling in.

There has been no official comment from Charlie Benante or Anthrax regarding the arrest so far.


Source: loudwire.com
Band profile: Anthrax
 
Posted: 30.07.2012 by Cynic Metalhead



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Cynic Metalhead - 30.07.2012 at 14:07  
Pfft, here we go.
Troy Killjoy - 30.07.2012 at 14:34  
You're supposed to beat your drum kit, man.
Milena - 30.07.2012 at 14:36  
For shame.
Marcel Hubregtse - 30.07.2012 at 14:38  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 30.07.2012 at 14:34

You're supposed to beat your drum kit, man.


I just wanted to make the same lame joke
BudDa - 30.07.2012 at 15:15  
What, you can't argue with your partner nowadays?
Rupert - 30.07.2012 at 15:25  
Ya I don't see anything about physical contact in here.
Marcel Hubregtse - 30.07.2012 at 15:29  
Written by Rupert on 30.07.2012 at 15:25

Ya I don't see anything about physical contact in here.


You're kidding, right?

because it clearly says "battery"
Sent - 30.07.2012 at 15:42  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 30.07.2012 at 15:29

because it clearly says "battery"


Must be urban slang.
Valentin B - 30.07.2012 at 16:28  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 30.07.2012 at 14:34

You're supposed to beat your drum kit, man.

"Charlie beats the beat the beats he beats
Although time and middle age maybe slowed his feet"
Dark Seraphim - 30.07.2012 at 16:29  
Where was the "battery"? They argued, no crime here. What is the world coming to?
Milena - 30.07.2012 at 16:45  
Written by Dark Seraphim on 30.07.2012 at 16:29

Where was the "battery"? They argued, no crime here. What is the world coming to?

They were probably doing a little more than just arguing.
!J.O.O.E.! - 30.07.2012 at 17:01  
Written by Sent on 30.07.2012 at 15:42


Must be urban slang.

It's not slang, it's an official term: Battery (crime)
Promonex - 30.07.2012 at 17:22  
So they were beating the shit out of each other in a public space. Shit happens. Not good for the kid, but I don't see why we should care.
Lit. - 30.07.2012 at 18:09  
Looks like Charlie got paid a little visit by... THE LAW!
scapeplan - 30.07.2012 at 18:53  
btbamfan20 - 30.07.2012 at 18:53  
YOU FUCKIN IDIOT COMMENTERS CAN FUCK OFF!!! Seriously!! If u've NEVER been arrested for arguing (which EVERY relationship does) then u dont know... its BULLSHIT, the police are allowed to step in an arguement, force u to make statements when ur angry (which 3 hrs later u end up regretting), then its too late! the shits already hit the fucking fan...
There was NOTHING about him hitting her, did u read that? or are u going to just jump to conclusions like 80% of all idiots do... Why do people still have faith that the cops are doing the "right thing" after all that occupy battery, pepper-spraying, tear-gas assault, and all that shit... its a money grab. Make an innocent person HAVE to spend money on a lawyer, give the system thousands of dollars, just to keep ur "record" clean. If u've never been through the law crap, u'll never know.
first time i was charged with assault i was a teenager, I WAS DEFENDING MYSELF!! The idiot swung at me like 6 times before i knocked him to the ground. the catch? he was a foster-kid... so his parents HAD to call the cops... u know how that goes, whoever calls the cops is in the clear. After MULTIPLE eyewitnesses said i was defending myself, they STILL pushed to get my charges permanently laid against me. i had to get a lawyer, at 16! 6000 down the fucking drain
The second time was THIS DUDES EXACT SITUATION!!! I had an arguement with my g/f, the police were called, and they CHARGED me with shit i never even fucking did! If i DID hit my g/f, then why didnt SHE press the charges? Why is she still talking to me every night? Why are her friends not wanting to kick my ass? because its all BULLSHIT, the police and lawyers need to make money, and sometimes good people get caught in those traps
I'd say 50% of the commenters here will jump to conclusions, saying he BEAT HER!! While others will look at the fact that not bodily harm was reported, and go "WTF? Fuck off law"
What's the law coming to? When stupid situations like this get headlined and he'll more than like get his charges stuck to him, yet serial killers can get away without the daeth penalty because "It's not right to take another humans life..." fuck off, this shits getting old. the law needs to be completley re-written
scapeplan - 30.07.2012 at 18:59  
Written by btbamfan20 on 30.07.2012 at 18:53



Tl;dr, was there any mention of World Trade Center 7?
Angelic Storm - 30.07.2012 at 19:03  
Written by BudDa on 30.07.2012 at 15:15

What, you can't argue with your partner nowadays?


Yep, seeing as Charlie's wife was also arrested, I think it's easy to conclude that this wasn't a simple case of wife beating, there's more to it than that...
Rupert - 30.07.2012 at 20:58  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 30.07.2012 at 15:29


You're kidding, right?

because it clearly says "battery"


"Arrested For" and "Charged With" are quite different. And as others have pointed out, the story says nothing about a beating, only an argument. Does this mean there's no way he beat his wife? No, but it doesn't necessarily mean he did either.
Void Eater - 30.07.2012 at 23:53  
I wonder what his wife did to deserve it?
Sync - 31.07.2012 at 00:35  
Written by btbamfan20 on 30.07.2012 at 18:53

rage

You sir, seem very rustled.
BitterCOld - 31.07.2012 at 02:39  
Seeing as both got arrested my guess is was likely just some mutual shoving back and forth with each of them spouting at the other "come at me, bro!"... "come at me, ho!"
Troy Killjoy - 31.07.2012 at 03:06  
Written by btbamfan20 on 30.07.2012 at 18:53
Rage.

Congratulations, you just took this thread 100% more serious than everyone here combined.
Array - 31.07.2012 at 03:11  
Arrested for domestic battery?



It's a strange world...
axelx666 - 31.07.2012 at 03:32  
Somehow im not totally shocked at this..gee i wonder why?
BoxCar Willy - 31.07.2012 at 04:02  
Written by btbamfan20 on 30.07.2012 at 18:53

...


Angelic Storm - 31.07.2012 at 07:06  
Statement from Charlie's lawyer:

"Last Friday night [July 27], Charlie Benante, drummer for the rock band ANTHRAX, was assaulted several times during an altercation that sent him to the emergency room with a gash at the back of his head that required several staples to close.

"Mr. Benante and his six-year-old daughter, Mia, had traveled to Elkart, Indiana to meet Mrs. Benante and her 17-year-old son, who was participating in a weekend baseball series. At some point, words were exchanged between Mr. Benante, Mrs. Benante and her male companion that led to a scuffle. Mrs. Benante hit Mr. Benante in the face, he pushed her away, and as he turned around to leave with Mia, Mrs. Benante assaulted him from behind, hitting him multiple times on the back of his head with a cell phone. Police were called, and both Mr. Benante and Mrs. Benante were detained for domestic battery in front of a child. Mr. Benante is understandably distraught by this incident and that his daughter, who he dotes on, witnessed it.

"Mr. Benante will appear in Elkhart County court this Friday, August 3, and we expect complete vindication."
Fredd - 31.07.2012 at 07:52  
Why should I (or anyone of you) care?
Troy Killjoy - 31.07.2012 at 07:58  
Written by Fredd on 31.07.2012 at 07:52
Why should I (or anyone of you) care?

Probably because it's news about one of the big four's drummers on a metal webzine. I doubt many of us care about the personal lives of most metal musicians, but it's still worth commenting on - if only for the lulz.
Fredd - 31.07.2012 at 08:03  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 31.07.2012 at 07:58

Written by Fredd on 31.07.2012 at 07:52
Why should I (or anyone of you) care?

Probably because it's news about one of the big four's drummers on a metal webzine. I doubt many of us care about the personal lives of most metal musicians, but it's still worth commenting on - if only for the lulz.

It's just too trivial... But as you said, the lulz justify the means.
wormdrink414 - 31.07.2012 at 08:44  
Written by scapeplan on 30.07.2012 at 18:59

was there any mention of World Trade Center 7?

lol, always is.
Ace Frawley - 31.07.2012 at 13:24  
Well, at least if he needs more time off they've got a very capable stand-in drummer in Jason Bittner. Not sure whether Shadows Fall want him back or not for their touring?
D.T. Metal - 31.07.2012 at 16:47  
Written by Void Eater on 30.07.2012 at 23:53

I wonder what his wife did to deserve it?


Apparently nothing, since SHE was the one who assaulted him
Void Eater - 01.08.2012 at 10:39  
Written by D.T. Metal on 31.07.2012 at 16:47

Written by Void Eater on 30.07.2012 at 23:53

I wonder what his wife did to deserve it?


Apparently nothing, since SHE was the one who assaulted him

Yeah, that kind of ruins my joke. Also disappointed that nobody got angry over assuming that the women was in the wrong. So much failure on my part.
Troy Killjoy - 01.08.2012 at 16:12  
Written by Void Eater on 01.08.2012 at 10:39
So much failure on my part.

Regulars here probably know you too well as the resident troll, especially now that vezzy hardly posts here. You've become predictable. :/
Butters49 - 02.08.2012 at 00:40  
Written by Angelic Storm on 31.07.2012 at 07:06

Statement from Charlie's lawyer:

"Last Friday night [July 27], Charlie Benante, drummer for the rock band ANTHRAX, was assaulted several times during an altercation that sent him to the emergency room with a gash at the back of his head that required several staples to close.

"Mr. Benante and his six-year-old daughter, Mia, had traveled to Elkart, Indiana to meet Mrs. Benante and her 17-year-old son, who was participating in a weekend baseball series. At some point, words were exchanged between Mr. Benante, Mrs. Benante and her male companion that led to a scuffle. Mrs. Benante hit Mr. Benante in the face, he pushed her away, and as he turned around to leave with Mia, Mrs. Benante assaulted him from behind, hitting him multiple times on the back of his head with a cell phone. Police were called, and both Mr. Benante and Mrs. Benante were detained for domestic battery in front of a child. Mr. Benante is understandably distraught by this incident and that his daughter, who he dotes on, witnessed it.

"Mr. Benante will appear in Elkhart County court this Friday, August 3, and we expect complete vindication."


so its his crazy ass wifes fault
LeChron James - 02.08.2012 at 04:46  
I don't know how i missed this hahahaha

CHARLIE BENANTE IS THE LAW!
Angelic Storm - 02.08.2012 at 13:10  
Written by Butters49 on 02.08.2012 at 00:40
so its his crazy ass wifes fault


If the above statement is true, then it would appear so.

I have to say, what is known about the incident so far does seem to indicate that his wife was the aggressor, and it was her who assaulted Charlie. As if it had been the other way around, only Charlie would have been arrested. Also, in the police mug shots, Charlie clearly shows visible signs of injury, whereas his wife shows no signs of injury whatsoever. Shame that the headline is "drummer arrested for domestic battery", when all the evidence so far appears to point to his wife being the one doing the battery. But in these types of incidences, the man is always the one who is suspected of being the guilty party, which is a shame, as these days many women are violent to their partners. Males aren't the sole purpetrators of this crime anymore.
Big-Al - 02.08.2012 at 13:47  
RottingDeathHead - 02.08.2012 at 20:57  
Why in the hell would someone get arrested for arguing???
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.08.2012 at 22:21  
Why the hell would someone get arrested for being beaten up by his wife? Just because it was in front of the kid, that is totally stupid.

As if kids are so goddamned special no they are not, they are total nuisances and annoyances
Troy Killjoy - 02.08.2012 at 23:23  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.08.2012 at 22:21
Why the hell would someone get arrested for being beaten up by his wife?

Almost every reported case of domestic abuse results in at least an arrest.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.08.2012 at 23:24  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 02.08.2012 at 23:23

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.08.2012 at 22:21
Why the hell would someone get arrested for being beaten up by his wife?

Almost every reported case of domestic abuse results in at least an arrest.


yes but not the one who has been beat up. And here it specifically states "in front of a child" or something along those lines.
Troy Killjoy - 02.08.2012 at 23:33  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.08.2012 at 23:24
yes but not the one who has been beat up. And here it specifically states "in front of a child" or something along those lines.

I'm not sure about the law in the Netherlands, but here both parties are usually at least taken to jail. Once they go through processing there, the victim will usually be let go and given the opportunity to press charges. Of course, with a child there I'm sure the authorities took the matter more seriously, as there could be potential for child abuse in the situation.
Xim - 10.09.2012 at 23:53  
Goddamn, my parents should have been thrown in jail over a hundred hundred times then.

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