Randy Travis Sues Texas Officials Over Naked DWI Arrest Recording
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There's "No Holdin' Back" for Randy Travis when it comes to blocking the release of a video recorded during his 2012 DWI arrest.
The country singer has filed a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Attorney General, seeking to block the release of the incident, during which he was naked.
"Randy Travis, is a well-known Country Music singer. In 2012, discombobulated after an extensive concert touring schedule, he left his house without any clothing on, drove his car while under the influence of alcohol, was in an accident and suffered a concussion that significantly affected his mental faculties," the suit, filed in federal court in Texas on Sunday, reads.
According to the suit, Travis' new complaint is the latest in a back-and-forth over the release of the recording. The suit contends that the release of the recording to the media would run afoul of the Americans With Disabilities Act, as well as the 1st and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Travis' suit asserts that while the details of the arrest have become known, "What is not known, and should remain private, are how his compromised medical condition and mental state affected his physical actions, mannerisms and words, all now explicitly memorialized in his medical records and made a basis of the treatments he received."
"In their file, the TX AG stated that the video in question contained information that was highly intimate with embarrassing facts, the publication of which would be highly objectionable to a reasonable person," the lawsuit continues. " Further, the State of Texas has already conceded that the information in the audio-visual depictions of the arrest "contain highly intimate or embarrassing facts, the publication of which would be highly objectionable to a reasonable person." Pursuant to operative caselaw, once that element has been met the burden of persuasion falls upon the State to sufficiently show why the audio-visual components of the arrest are of legitimate public concern, and they failed to do so. Nevertheless, the Trial Court ruled for disclosure."
According to TMZ, Travis was arrested in Texas in 2012 on suspicion of DWI, after his car apparently crashed into a several construction barricades.
The singer was naked when officers found him, subsequently threatened to shoot and kill the troopers who arrested him, according to TMZ.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.
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