Criminal Charges Against Royal Trux's Neil Hagerty Dismissed

The artist was arrested last April for allegedly attacking police officers during a wellness check

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BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Mar 18, 2024

Royal Trux vocalist-guitarist Neil Hagerty has announced that charges laid against him in an alleged assault of a Denver police officer last year have been dropped.

An update shared by Hagerty yesterday (March 17) via a GiveSendGo campaign raising funds for his legal defence and mental health treatment sees the artist write, "I was informed Thursday, March 14, 2024, that all the charges against me were dismissed.

"I want to thank you all for the part you played in this outcome," Hagerty added. "I'll try writing again once this news sinks in a little bit."

"After a year of intense mental health treatment, Neil is finally properly diagnosed, stable and making music," attorney David Beller said in a statement today [via The Denver Post]. "…He thanks the officer, judge, district attorney, family and fans for their support of him and applauds Denver for launching new programs that allow those with mental health issues to have their cases dismissed without conditions once the person is stable and maintains their care."

In April 2023, it was reported that Hagerty — who has also performed and recorded as the Howling Hex, and in bands including Pussy Galore and Weird War — had been arrested in Denver after allegedly attacking a group of police officers during a wellness check. He was subsequently charged with three felonies: one count of second-degree assault of a police officer, and two counts of attempting to disarm a peace officer.

A GoFundMe campaign for Hagerty was then established by Terrilyn Hagerty, the artist's wife, and was shared by friends and listeners, including Hagerty's Royal Trux bandmate Jennifer Herrema. Weeks later, that campaign was cancelled by GoFundMe for violating the company's terms of service, and fundraising efforts were then moved to GiveSendGo.

In February, it was announced that Royal Trux would treat their back catalogue to a career-spanning vinyl reissue campaign via Fire Records, with 1990's Twin Infinitives arriving this June. 

The duo shared White Stuff in 2019, marking their first album of new material since 2000.

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