Weeks after reports regarding Trey Songz allegedly punching and choking a woman at NBA All-Star Weekend surfaced, the R&B crooner reportedly turned himself in to the LAPD early Monday morning (Mar. 19).
According to TMZ, Songz — escorted by his lawyer Shawn Holley — surrendered to LAPD on a felony domestic violence charge. He was reportedly booked at 6:0 a.m. PT and was released shortly after 9:00 a.m. PT, posting $50,000 bail. Billboard reached out this Songz' attorney for comment.
Before news broke about his arrest, Songz spoke out for the first time concerning the alleged altercation on Twitter early Monday morning. “For weeks my lawyers & Mgmt have asked me not to comment on this and I initially agreed but this morning I feel that my fam, the women that raised me, my friends & fans especially the youth need to hear from me. I am being lied on and falsely accused for someone’s personal gain,” said Songz. “I won’t be speaking too much more on this but would like to thank you for all the prayers and support.”
Last month, TMZ reported that Songz and the alleged victim, Andrea Buera, were involved in a physical altercation at a Hollywood party. Buera, who is being defended by famed entertainment attorney Lisa Bloom, claimed in a recent press conference that Songz punched and choked her in front several people. According to Buera, no one stopped the incident.
“I had to go to the hospital because he hit me so hard that I had a concussion,” Buera said during the press conference. “I wake up in the middle the night having flashbacks, as it constantly replays in my head.” As previously reported by ABC and the NY Daily News, Bueras’ lawyer said they obtained a restraining order against Songz earlier this month.
“We took this step today to protect my client's rights to peacefully live and work, and we will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement's investigation this serious matter,” said Lisa Bloom the restraining order. “The room was filled with Mr. Songz' friends and employees. We are asking just one them with a conscience to reach out to us and tell us what they saw. Don't be a bystander to violence against women.”
Check out Songz' tweets below.