BR singer booked in domestic abuse complaint

A local singer on the comeback trail was arrested Saturday afternoon near her home on Chelsea Drive on a domestic abuse battery warrant stemming from a physical altercation with her husband in December.

Allison Collins, also known as Allison Rhys, 38, 3875 Chelsea Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison by East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies on a misdemeanor count of domestic abuse battery.

She was booked into Parish Prison under the name Allison Collins Rhys, online prison records show.

The arrest warrant says the altercation on Dec. 21 at her Chelsea Drive residence was over some adult photos that had been taken of her that she thought had been deleted.

Her husband, Kerry Rhys, ran out of the house to get away, but she followed him, ripped off his shirt and struck him, the warrant says. She went back into the home for a short time before leaving the area, the warrant says.

Kerry Rhys said in a telephone interview Saturday that an altercation did take place on that date and that neighbors had seen her hitting him outside their home.

But he denied filing the complaint, suggesting neighbors might have. A Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said records show that Kerry Rhys was the complainant in the initial report that led to the arrest warrant.

He did not say what the argument was about but said what the warrant says about the argument happening because of adult pictures is not accurate.

Online records on Monday showed that Allison Collins Rhys had been released from jail. Bail was listed as $500.

“I support my wife and love her very much,” he said. “I’m there for her. Whatever she needs, I’m there.”

Allison Collins Rhys has been a fixture in the Baton Rouge music scene since the mid-1990s with her band, The Allison Collins Band.

She took a break from the band from 2003-2009 to be soloist for Jimmy Swaggart for his church and television programs, Rhys said. She has performed in recent years at “Live After Five” concerts downtown.

Other recent gigs include the “United We Jam” festival sponsored by the Capital Area United Way on Oct. 10 and the Wildwood MX show in Kentwood on Sept. 14.

Scott Gaskin, owner of Green Frog Music, said in her heyday in the ’90s and early 2000s, the singer was popular but struggled to make a comeback on the local scene after leaving Swaggart Ministries.

He said the 30-and-older crowd is familiar with her music, but college students today are probably less familiar with her.

Two people called The Advocate to report the arrest of Allison Collins Rhys. One said he recognized the singer as she was being handcuffed outside her home.

Another, Devin Michaels, 37, Baton Rouge, called from Parish Prison where he was attempting to bond someone out when he saw deputies bring a tearful Allison Collins Rhys in.

He said he recognized her from her performances.