Former Lexington Police Officer Sues Country Star

By: Jermont Terry Email
By: Jermont Terry Email

A former Lexington Police Officer has filed a slander lawsuit against country music star John Michael Montgomery.

During a traffic stop last year Cromer pulled Montgomery over. But the suit says Montgomery met with LFUCG Internal Affairs to discuss Cromer.

It essentially accuses Montgomery of lying to the department.
The suit goes on to say despite being allegedly intoxicated during the arrest the country music star was still able to recall with detail what Cromer allegedly did wrong.

Cromer insists Montgomery made false allegations that he took a cowboy hat from Montgomery.

In the complaint obtained by the Lexington Herald Leader Cromer says he suffered emotional distress, and pure embarrassment.

Back in February, Cromer tried to keep his job during a public hearing which centered more on his comments and pictures posted on his myspace webpage, but this suit mentions nothing about the web site.

Instead, Cromer in the suit says, the country star abused the investigation and had an ulterior motive of harassing (him) in retaliation for the arrest.

Montgomery's attorney did not return phone calls from 27 NEWSFIRST Monday night about this lawsuit.


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  • by Officer Barbrady Location: downtown on Aug 16, 2007 at 08:55 AM
    Typical cop in my opinion, big man with a badge and a gun. Take a tip from John Micheal buddy....... "Life's a dance you learn as you go Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow Don't worry about what you don't know Life's a dance you learn as you go" I hope you learn something from this....but I kind of doubt it.
  • by Bob Location: Nicholasville on Aug 16, 2007 at 06:56 AM
    Hey Mr. Cromer, how does it feel? As a policeman you would tell someone "you have to pay the price for your actions" well, what goes around comes around. As for JMM getting special treatment....are you kidding? He was treated like every other person that would have done what he did, go to a courthouse sometime and see for yourself. It is common for someone to get another chance, so why would we treat JMM any different? This cop is a glory hound and now that it backfired on him he wants someone to blame, welcome to the grown up world Mr. Cromer. Life is not always fare and now YOU have to pay for YOUR consequences.....How's it feel Skippy?
  • by SURPRISED-NOT! Location: LEXINGTON on Aug 15, 2007 at 09:56 AM
    FOLKS, YOU CAN REST ASSURED THAT IF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR A HISPANIC HAD BEEN PULLED OVER FOR SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVING- AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES IN AN IMPROPER CONTAINER AND GUNS WERE DISCOVERED IN THEIR VEHICLE; THEY WOULD STILL BE UNDER THE JAIL AND FEW PEOPLE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT IT. JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY IS A VERY LUCKY WHITE MAN WHO HAS MADE A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY AND ATTAINED CELEBRITY STATUS. I SAY LUCKY BECAUSE HE WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME AS FAR AS THE MUSIC INDUSTRY GOES. HE IS/WAS A USABLE COMMODITY. I SAY LUCKY ALSO BECAUSE HE HAS APPARENTLY MADE ENOUGH MONEY TO AFFORD LEGAL REPRESENTATION THAT CAN USE LOOPHOLES AND PLEA-BARGAINING TO MANIPULATE LAWS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE LAND HIM IN JAIL. THIS IS ANOTHER CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF "MONEY TALKS". THE LAW NEEDS TO BE APPLIED EQUALLY TO ALL INDIVIDUALS NO MATTER THEIR LEVEL OF PERSONAL WORTH OR STANDING IN THE COMMUNITY.
  • by mark Location: harrodsburg on Aug 14, 2007 at 04:37 PM
    Cromer looks like a teen that had been picked on in high school. Went to the police academy got his badge, joined the Lexington police force and is out to get revenge (with mighty badge in hand)on all who ever it may be. Knock that chip off your shoulder yourself or someone might do it for you now that you no longer have a badge!
  • by ralph Location: scott on Aug 14, 2007 at 03:47 PM
    HEY ERIC FROM JONES--NO ALL DON'T DRIVE DRUNK, MAYBE THE MOST MIGHT AT SOME TIME OR THE OTHER. BUT I AGREE THAT IF YOU DRIVE DRUNK YOU NEED TO BE PUNISHED TO THE FULLEST EXTEND OF THE LAW. AT THE SAME TIME THE LAW OFFICERS THAT ENFORCE THE LAW MUST PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF THOSE THEY ARREST, PER THE PRIVACY LAW. APPARENTLY THIS OFFICER WAS STILL TO YOUNG TO THINK IN THE PROPER MANNER.
  • by PUH-Leeze! Location: Lexington on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:32 AM
    #1 - JMM should not have been driving while intoxicated. #2 - Ex-Officer Cromer was doing his job. #3 - Cromer should NOT have placed the information on his MySpace page. #4 - Neither one should be rewarded and both should be embarrassed. Take the consequences like men and go on with your lives. Learn by mistakes, not whine about them.
  • by jon Location: pikeville on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:28 AM
    yes the celebs get special treatment.. and some police have thier head up their south end, but if you are putting everyone in danger on the highway by driving drunk, then you need to be charged with it.and the officers need to keep their mouth shut about it. you know how it is, never one around when you need them. i guess jmm didnt need one that night.
  • by Rob Location: Cynthiana on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:13 AM
    Good job for the arrest, poor judgement on broadcasting to the entire free world on Myspace. Suck it up, you did it to yourself.
  • by gail Location: winchester on Aug 14, 2007 at 09:05 AM
    Mel, that is what got the police officer in trouble in the first place. I respect JMM for standing up, pleading and taking his punishment. Just because he is a celebrity doesn't mean he should have special treatment, if he had perscription drugs out of proper container then he should have gotten hit hard in the courts for that as well, any other citizen would have. I respect this officer because he didn't let JMM's celebrity status deter him from doing his job, but, the officer was in the wrong when he posted the information on his my space acct. That is suppose to be confidential and he went against the laws he should have upheld by not invading JMM personal life my putting this information out there on the information hwy of myspace. He should let it be and drop the lawsuit get off myspace get job and get over it already! I personally would have given the officer a suspension without pay for awhile,if he was a good officer, I wouldn't have fired him just suspended. Lesson learned!
  • by me Location: frankfort on Aug 14, 2007 at 08:54 AM
    May the force be with you Mr. Cromer. You'll need it.
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