MUSIC NEWS- According to a recent lawsuit filed in Tulare County California, Tim Jones, one of the four singers/songwriters of the group TRUTH & SALVAGE COMPANY, was shaken awake and pulled from his bed by hotel security and local police while sleeping at the Marriott Hotel in Visalia, CA. Jones, a Marriott Rewards member and a registered guest staying the night at the Visalia Marriott in February 2010 as part of the band's opening slot on a Black Crowes tour, was handcuffed, assaulted, taken to jail and cited for trespassing and resisting arrest in his own hotel room after performing at a concert earlier in the evening.
In the wake of the assault and imprisonment, Jones filed suit against Marriott Hotel Corporation on four counts, including negligence, negligent supervision, assault and battery. Instead of spending the night in
his hotel room, the singer/songwriter was forced to spend the night in a Visalia jail cell. Jones was finally released at noon the following day (we wonder if he had to pay for the room and if he got Rewards points).
After the incident Jones said, "I was shocked by the break-in and arrest. I kept telling them that I was a registered guest but they acted as if they couldn't hear a word I was saying." One month after the incident, Jones was set to be arraigned in the Tulare County Superior Court. Legal representatives of the band arrived at the courthouse to answer for Jones, only to find that the District Attorney's office had not filed any charges against Jones. To date, charges have not been filed and Visalia Police have refused to release the police incident report to the Los Angeles based Jordan Law Group, PLC; the Truth and Salvage legal team. Attorney Vahe Jordan was quoted as saying "We’re hopeful that Marriott will accept responsibility for the way they treated Jones, who has been a loyal customer for many years."
Currently, Tim Jones and Americana rockers, Truth & Salvage Co. are touring the United States (and staying at Sheratons or Hiltons?) promoting their self-titled debut album (Megaforce Records/Silver Arrow Records) which was released in May of this year and was produced by Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes.
Truth & Salvage Co. areset to make their national television debut on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this Thursday, August 19.
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