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Country singer Cagle accused of punching man

A country music singer was cited on suspicion of misdemeanor assault after performing a benefit show at a midtown nightclub Thursday, a Tucson police spokesman said.

Chris Cagle, 39, punched a Tucson man in the face after the man’s girlfriend was “verbally abusive” toward Cagle, Sgt. Mark Robinson said.

The incident was sparked by the woman’s after-show request for an autograph that she intended to give a friend, Robinson said. Cagle declined, saying he had already signed several for her, he said.

A witness said the 38-year-old Tucson woman then became belligerent, Robinson said.

A patrol officer went to the Cactus Moon, 5470 E. Broadway, where the show was held, about 1 a.m., Robinson said. He stopped there because he saw what seemed to be an argument in the club’s parking lot. It was unclear Thursday night who was arguing. Only Cagle was cited.

Robinson would not say what prompted Cagle to reportedly strike the man. Cagle was cited and released, Robinson said.

The proceeds from the show, hosted by Tucson radio station Kiim-FM, were donated to the Arizona’s Children Association as part of the station’s annual charity drive, according to its Web site.

Cagle could not be reached for comment. Cagle has produced two gold albums and his 2002 single “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s country music chart.

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