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36-year-old man accused of stalking singer John Rich

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Metro police have arrested a man accused of stalking country music singer John Rich and his family, and it turns out the man is someone Rich has been battling in court for nearly five years.

In fact, Rich has obtained at least three separate restraining orders against 36-year-old Mark Christopher Sevier going back to 2009.

Court records show that Rich filed a police report in April, saying Sevier has been harassing him repeatedly.

Rich's attorney said the family is concerned after a photo was e-mailed to the singer despite the restraining order that is in place. The photo shows Sevier wearing little clothing and draped in an American flag with what appears to be blood covering his body.

Since he's out of town regularly for his career, the singer told police he became increasingly fearful for the safety of his wife and two infant sons.

Rich said one of Sevier's emails referenced "your infant sons." Sevier is now charged with aggravated stalking.

If Sevier's name sounds familiar, it's because he has previously been in the news.

Back in 2009, Rich was arrested for allegedly assaulting aspiring country artist and reality show winner Jared Ashley.

The story captured headlines for weeks, as video and phone recordings slowly trickled out to the public.

Rich was eventually acquitted in that case, in which Sevier served as Ashley's attorney.

Rich has contended in court filings that Sevier was the one who actually convinced Ashley to file assault charges in exchange for a record deal.

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