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Monday, July 30, 2012

ANTHRAX's Charlie Benante Arrested For Domestic Battery!

According to WSBT.com, a television station in South Bend, Indiana, drummer Charlie Benante from ANTHRAX and his wife Sandra were arrested this past Friday (July 27) for domestic battery in front of a child.

Arrest records indicate the pair were arrested at the Hilton Garden Inn in Elkhart, Indiana, and both were released from Elkhart County Jail on Saturday (July 28).

The Benantes', who have a 4 year old daughter named Mia Charley, are scheduled to appear in court this Friday, August 3 at 8:30 a.m.

As previously reported, SHADOWS FALL's Jason Bittner is filling in for ANTHRAX's Charlie Benante on drums at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

But why is Charlie Benante not touring with ANTHRAX? Well, Charlie is currently recovering from a minor hand injury. He should be back with ANTHRAX soon! Bittner previously joined ANTHRAX on stage on November 8, 2011 at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, New York to perform the ANTHRAX classic "Madhouse". He also filled in on drums for Benante for two ANTHRAX shows in January 2006 after Charlie was forced to leave the tour early to attend to his wife Sandra, who gave birth to the couple's first child, Mia Charley Benante.

Earlier this year, Benante and ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello (who is Charlie's nephew) missed several shows on ANTHRAX's North American tour in order to spend time with Charlie's mother, who was terminally ill. On February 4, Benante informed fans via his official web site that his mother passed away.

In more ANTHRAX news, according to guitarist Scott Ian, ANTHRAX's sold-out March 15 concert at O2 Islington Academy in London, England was filmed for an upcoming DVD.


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