Early this morning, R&B artist Trey Songz turned himself in to LAPD officials for a felony domestic violence charge.
Accompanied by his attorney Shawn Holley, Songz was arrested for an incident where he allegedly punched a woman in the face during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. He was booked at 6 AM, and released shortly after 8 AM. He posted a $50,000 bond.
The alleged victim, Andrea Buera, says that Songz, real name Tremaine Neverson, hit her on Saturday (Feb. 17) during an argument at a party in the Hollywood Hills. She claims her and Songz had been friends and “occasional romantic partners” for the past few years and said he was upset after seeing her talking to another man.
Following his release, Songz released the following statement via Twitter:
“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,” he declares. “I am being lied on and falsely accused for someone’s personal gain.”
Buera, who was recently granted a domestic violence restraining order against Songz, claims she suffered a concussion and had to go to a hospital for treatment. She claims several people at the party witnessed the alleged beating.
“I tried defending myself by hitting his hand off of my neck but when I got out of the choke hold, he then started punching me in the face,” she said in the petition for the restraining order. “I was able to get away from him and began circling a car in the garage screaming and crying while others just watched and spread out.”
Buera’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, released the following statement at the time: “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 of this serious matter,” she states. “The room was filled with Mr. Songz’ friends and employees. We are asking just one of them with a conscience to reach out to us and tell us what they saw. Don’t be a bystander to violence against women.”
Songz maintains his innocence and his attorney reportedly made her case to the arresting detectives that Buera’s story is filled with inconsistencies.
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
— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) March 19, 2018