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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, country singer Billy Currington arrives at the 59th Annual BMI Country Awards in Nashville. Currington is being sued by a Georgia tour boat captain who pressed criminal charges against him last year. He was sentenced to five years' probation in September after pleading no contest to a charge of abuse of an elderly person. Prosecutors say he chased and threatened 70-year-old Charles Harvey Ferrelle after his boat passed Currington's home on Tybee Island. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini. File)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Country Singer Billy Currington is being sued by a Georgia tour boat captain who pressed criminal charges against him last year.

Currington was sentenced to five years' probation in September after pleading no contest to a charge of abuse of an elderly person. Prosecutors say he chased and threatened 70-year-old Charles Harvey Ferrelle after his boat passed Currington's home on Tybee Island.

The Savannah Morning News (http://bit.ly/1mCgYCN) reports that Ferrelle filed a lawsuit Tuesday saying Currington mocked and libeled him on a fan website two days before his plea. The newspaper reports that in the lawsuit, Currington is accused of writing that Ferrelle "ran like a scared rabbit" and hallucinated.

Currington's criminal attorney, Alex Zipperer, tells The Associated Press that he's not involved in the lawsuit. A spokeswoman for Currington's record label did not immediately return messages.

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