James Brown Won't Be Charged For Alleged Knife Assault

A utility worker claimed Brown brandished a knife and threatened him at the singer's South Carolina home last month.

R&B legend James Brown won't be charged for an incident in which the singer allegedly brandished a knife and threatened a utility worker at his home, law enforcement officials in Aiken, S.C., have decided.

"The facts of this case do not establish probable cause, and so the Aiken County Sheriff's Office will not seek a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Brown," Sheriff Howard Sellers said in a statement issued by the department.

South Carolina Electric & Gas employee Russell Eubanks filed a report with the sheriff's office July 13, claiming that he was sent to Brown's property to investigate a complaint about a lack of electricity. In the course of Eubanks' visit, the utility worker alleged, the 67-year-old Brown verbally threatened him and waved a steak knife at him.

Eubanks was directed by his superior to leave the property and did so, according to the report. Eubanks could not be reached for comment Tuesday (Aug. 1).

Neither Brown, whose string of R&B classics, including "I Feel Good (I Got You)" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," earned him the nickname the Godfather of Soul, nor his Augusta, Ga., attorney, Buddy Dallas, could be reached for comment.