Ellen Goldberg, NBC 5 News
Country singer Randy Travis and his fiancee have filed a lawsuit against the two men they were arguing with in the simple assault case for which Travis is charged.
Country singer Randy Travis is fighting back against assault charges.
Travis and his fiancee, Mary Beougher, have filed a lawsuit against two men they were arguing with in the parking lot of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano in August. Police cited Travis for simple assault in the incident.
Travis’ attorney, Larry Friedman, said he filed the lawsuit on behalf of people who are bullied everywhere. Travis was protecting his fiancee's honor when he was cited, Friedman said.
According to the nine-page lawsuit filed Wednesday, Travis and Beougher were in the church parking lot to pick up her 15-year-old son from a camping trip.
Her estranged husband, Ritchie Beougher, a Plano dentist, and her brother, William Barnes Davis, pulled up behind the couple, according to the suit. Ritchie Beougher and Mary Beougher got out of their cars.
"Ritchie grabbed Mary by the arms and threw her up against his truck multiple times," the lawsuit states.
Travis then got out of his car and, according to the suit, "exchanged some choice words" with his fiancee's ex and brother.
The suit says that the brother wrestled Travis to the ground and held him there until a Plano police officer who was waiting in the parking lot arrived and arrested him.
The lawsuit says that Ritchie Beougher arranged for the officer to be in the parking lot because "he knew he was going to start a fight."
The lawsuit is seeking damages for bodily injury and civil conspiracy.
NBC 5 left a message for Ritchie Beougher at his dental office in Plano but did not hear back as of Wednesday night.