BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Arrest warrants have been issued for singer John Mellencamp's two adult sons, one an amateur boxing champion, accused of beating a man so badly that he might need plastic surgery.
Monroe County prosecutors filed felony battery charges Monday against Speck Mellencamp, 18, and Hud Mellencamp, 19, in connection with a late July fight.
A third person, Ty Smith, also has been charged. He is the son of Indiana University baseball coach Tracy Smith, Bloomington Police Capt. Joe Qualters said.
Court documents describe a brutal beatdown during the early hours of July 29, when a 19-year-old man told police both Mellencamps and Smith came to his home here after a party.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Speck Mellencamp thought the 19-year-old had punched him at the party. The 19-year-old told police that Speck Mellencamp punched him so hard in the face that he fell down.
After that, all three of the men began kicking, punching and stomping on the 19-year-old before his roommates came outside and pulled two of the men off him, the affidavit said.
The fight continued until both Mellencamps and Smith ran away from the home, according to the affidavit. The 19-year-old and his roommates reported the beating to police.
Police later interviewed the brothers, and they said the fight was "in response to Speck having been struck in the face by someone at that residence earlier in the night," according to the probable cause affidavit. When asked why they did not file a report about the first fight, Speck told police "it never occured to him, that he was upset."
The 19-year-old was taken to Monroe Hospital, where he was treated for facial fractures, required sutures, and was referred to a plastic surgeon for consultation for his injuries.
Hud and Speck Mellencamp are the sons of John Mellencamp and Elaine Irwin, who were married from 1992 to 2011.
Hud Mellencamp won Indiana Golden Gloves boxing titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He then enrolled at Duke University, where he is a sophomore. He also is a walk-on reserve cornerback on the football team, though it's unclear how the battery charge will affect that status.
Speck Mellencamp played guitar onstage with his father when the Jack and Diane singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
In June, John Mellencamp appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman sporting a black eye.
When Letterman prodded him, John Mellencamp told him it came from his son Speck: "My son and I had words, and he got a punch in and I didn't."