Rapper Trey Songz, who has been accused of beating a woman during a Hollywood party, was booked Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and released on bail.
Los Angeles police said the 33-year-old rapper, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, was arrested around 6:30 a.m. by the department’s Hollywood Division. He was released on $50,000 bail around 8 a.m., according to sheriff’s jail records.
According to TMZ.com, the rapper surrendered to authorities accompanied by his attorney, Shawn Holley.
Trey Songz also took to Twitter Monday morning to make his first public comments about the accusations.
“For weeks my lawyers and (management) have asked me not to comment on this and I initially agreed but this morning I feel that my (family) and fans especially the youth need to hear from me,” he wrote. “I am being lied on and falsely accused for someone’s personal gain. I won’t be speaking too much more on this but would like to thank you for all the prayers and support.”
A woman named Andrea Buera, 27, held a news conference with attorney Lisa Bloom in Woodland Hills last week, saying the rapper attacked her while they were attending an after-party during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
“I was attending an after-party when Trey began yelling at me, choking me, punching me and ultimately he knocked me to the ground,” she said. “While I was on the ground, he continued punching me. And he did not stop until his security guard pulled him off of me.”
Buera obtained a restraining order against the singer earlier this month, alleging in court papers that Songz became upset with her at the Feb. 18 party, which was held at a home he was renting, because she was talking to another man.
Bloom said the singer is already on probation in Michigan for punching a police officer.
–City News Service