Singer Whitney Houston and her brother have been ordered to appear in court to answer assault charges growing out of a fracas in a hotel following a recent concert, officials said.
A Houston spokesman said both were innocent, and in fact victims of an unprovoked assault that followed racial slurs by apparently inebriated bar patrons at the hotel.Ransom Brotherton of Lexington filed a complaint charging Houston with assault, claiming she hit him in the eye. Another man, Kevin Owens of Austin, Texas, filed assault charges against Houston's brother, Michael, claiming he hit him over the left eye, causing a wound that took 12 stitches to close.
The incident allegedly occurred April 20 in the 17th floor cocktail lounge of a downtown Lexington hotel.
Sylvia Weiner, Houston's spokeswoman, said "several racial slurs" were aimed at the Houston party by "three men who were holding drinks and appeared to be inebriated."
Houston was attacked and her brother, who is part of her security team, came to her aid, she said.
The charges are misdemeanors punishable by up to a $500 fine or one year in jail.