Police body camera video shows a confused and angry Gretchen Wilson as she’s confronted by authorities following a New Mexico hotel’s complaint that she was too noisy.
The video obtained by The Associated Press in a public records request shows a confused and angry Wilson in a robe telling police she was asleep as she’s asked to leave around 3 a.m. Oct 13. The footage appears to contradict the hotel’s claims.
“We don’t even have a TV on. We were very quiet,” Wilson said, telling an officer in the video that she did nothing wrong.
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But the video shows a television on when police enter her room. Wilson, who sang the 2004 hit song “Redneck Woman,” said she and her fiance were drinking wine and talking softly when the pair started getting phone calls about the volume.
“You must be talking about another room,” she said. “It’s just been a nightmare at this hotel.”
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A security guard told police someone reported arguing and a glass breaking. The security guard said Wilson had told the hotel to “call the cops.”
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But Wilson said the staff at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces was retaliating against her after she asked for room service and was denied. She said hotel employees only came once to her room.
An employee is then heard telling Wilson the manager decided the singer and her group could stay. But Wilson refused.
“We’re not going to stay. We are not. We have been treated like (expletive) since we’ve been here,” she said.
Heritage Hotels & Resorts, which owns Hotel Encanto, has not responded to phone messages and emails seeking comment.
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Gretchen Wilson plays her hit “Redneck Woman” at a rally for Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in Marietta, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2008.
Las Cruces police spokesman Dan Trujillo said officers were called to the hotel after Wilson, 46, and other guests had “worn out their welcome.”
Wilson, who had performed at the Las Cruces Country Music Festival the night before, said in a statement that she was in bed when the police arrived.
“There had been no party, no music and not even a TV making noise when I was asked to leave,” the statement said. “I was exhausted and upset just like anyone would be in this situation.”
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After she was kicked out, the musician tweeted that the hotel asked her to leave “in the middle of the night for no reason.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.