Simon Vozick-Levinson
May 29, 2009 AT 04:20 PM EDT

Country star John Rich of Big & Rich was charged on May 28 with assault and harassment, E! Online reports. Rich allegedly smacked former Nashville Star contestant Jared Ashley in the face; he has denied the charges. “I trust that the truth will come out through the process of ourAmerican justice system and that I will be completely exonerated at theend of the day,” the singer said in a statement.

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