APRIL 4, 2006 - Posted at 2:38 p.m. CST
MEMPHIS, TN - Hank Williams, Jr. surrendered to police in Memphis today on a warrant issued in an alleged assault on a hotel waitress last month, a charge his publicist claimed is driven by "greed."
Holly Hornbeak, 19, has told police she was waiting tables at the Peabody Hotel's lobby bar on March 18 when the country superstar asked to kiss her and lifted her off the ground in a chokehold. No charges were issued in the case until an arrest warrant was taken out Monday.
In a release, Williams' publicist, Kirt Webster, said today that Williams received a March 21 letter from Hornbeak's lawyer seeking "an outlandish amount of money." Webster contended Hornbeak decided to press charges because Williams refused to meet the demands.
Webster said Williams cut short a hunting trip to return to Memphis and surrender to authorities.
The 56-year-old entertainer has been in Memphis since his daughters were seriously injured in a March 15 car crash near Dundee, Mississippi.
Webster told The Associated Press on Monday that Williams hasn't been interviewed by police. "There's nothing to say. He doesn't know what all the allegations are and what the charges are," said Webster.