ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Authorities in Virginia changed their tune after looking into the case of an opera singer who was arrested for making too much noise, reports said Thursday.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney in Virginia dropped a noise violation charge against Krista Clouse for singing on a street corner on Friday in Alexandria to raise money for her ailing husband and her daughter, according to news outlets.
“We have had so much interruption of performances, we barely made rent this month,” Clouse told WTTG-TV (http://bit.ly/2cswZK3). “We made it by $31 to spare. And as you know, diapering a 2-year-old on $31 is a little bit tough.”
Clouse evidently struck a wrong note with some passersby. Clouse said she was harassed for singing at her usual spot outside Vola’s Dockside Grill and High-Tide Lounge, so she moved to another street corner a block away.
Police then approached Clouse and took issue with a speaker she was using, saying she needed a $20 permit to use an amplifier. Clouse said she needed the speaker for orchestral accompaniment.
She was given verbal warnings and then arrested, according to reports.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney then determined police failed to first issue Clouse a civil notice of violation, and dropped the charge.
Clouse was released from jail on Saturday. City Manager Mark Jinks has publicly apologized to her.