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Detroit — A Detroit Police sergeant and a photographer sued entertainer Trey Songz on Monday in federal court, accusing the rapper of assault, hurling racist insults and making an obscene gesture during his booking photo.

The lawsuit by Sgt. Robert Avery and photographer Andrew Potter was filed 17 months after the entertainer, real name Tremaine Neverson, 33, was accused of assault and causing property damage during a December 2016 concert at Joe Louis Arena.

Neverson was accused of throwing a microphone stand that hit Potter in the head and punching Avery in the face during a backstage confrontation. Neverson appeared intoxicated and shouted expletives at officers backstage, according to the lawsuit.

“---- you cracker white mother -------!” Neverson said, according to the court filing. "Don’t touch me you white mother -----! ---- all you honkeys and ---- the police!”

A lawyer for Neverson is not listed in the court file and his spokesperson could not be reached for comment immediately Monday.

Authorities say Neverson said he was angry that the time for his performance was up and his microphone was cut.

As officers tried to take Neverson into custody; he struggled and landed atop Avery, causing the sergeant to strike his head on the concrete and injure his hip, the lawsuit alleges.

While being booked and having his mug shot taken, Neverson posed while flashing his middle finger at the camera.

Neverson later pleaded guilty to two counts of disturbing the peace and was sentenced to 18 months of probation. As part of his plea agreement, Neverson also had to undergo drug and alcohol screening and attend anger management classes.

Avery and Potter sued for assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. They want more than $75,000 in damages.

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