Singer Trey Songz facing felony assault charges
Entertainer Trey Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, waived his preliminary examination Friday and was bound over on charges of assaulting a Detroit police officer and causing property damage during a concert in late December at Joe Louis Arena.
Neverson appeared via video during the hearing before 36th District Court Judge Lydia Nance Adams. Neverson’s next court date is Feb. 24 for an arraignment on information in Third Circuit Court.
Neverson is accused of punching the officer and throwing speakers and a microphone during an outburst at The Big Show at The Joe Dec. 28. Authorities say Neverson was angry that the time for his performance was up and his microphone was cut. He has been charged with assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer, a felony which could bring him two years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine. In some cases, the penalty could be a high as 20-year prison sentence and/or $20,000 fine.
Neverson also was charged with aggravated assault, a misdemeanor in most cases, which could result in 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
Police say when a Detroit Police Department sergeant approached Neverson to arrest him, the entertainer punched him, causing a concussion. The police officer was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated and released.
Neverson was arrested in 2012 for misdemeanor first-degree assault and battery stemming from an incident on New Year’s Eve 2011, according to records. That case was later dismissed.
Neverson, 32, remains free on $25,000/10 percent bond. He performed at the fourth annual Big Show at Joe Louis Arena alongside performers such as Chris Brown and Lil Yachty, was told he’d have to leave the stage because his time was up.
Detroit News staff writer James Dickson contributed