Dean Wetter, 65, was taken into custody early on Saturday (27Aug16) amid accusations he choked 16-year-old boys Curtis and William Crowe - the sons of Ann's sister and bandmate Nancy Wilson and her former spouse, director Cameron Crowe.

The incident reportedly took place while the stars were performing a show in Auburn, Washington on Friday night (26Aug16), and he was released on bail on Monday (29Aug16).

He was back in court for a hearing at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Washington on Wednesday (31Aug16), when he was formally charged with second and fourth degree assault

According to court documents obtained by People magazine, the incident began as a verbal argument but escalated quickly when Wetter "flew into a rage" and "slapped and punched the first boy in the back of the head before grabbing him by the neck."

It continues, "When the boy's brother intervened, the defendant wrapped his hand around the boy's neck and strangled him, cutting off his breathing to the point where he thought he was going to die."

The alleged incident happened in front of three witnesses and Wetter immediately confessed his wrongdoings to the police.

"He further admitted that he just lost it and shouldn't have touched the boys," the documents state.

A judge ordered Wetter to have no contact with the teens until further notice and he is due back in court for an arraignment on 13 September (16).

Wetter and Wilson wed in April last year (15).