“It appears to be an isolated incident.”
That’s what an attorney for Trey Songz explained to a Michigan judge when describing an alleged violent altercation in 2016, where the singer was accused of punching a Detroit police sergeant in the head and injuring a cameraman when he threw a microphone stand off a stage.
However, time has proven that’s not an accurate description of the musician’s behavior. Over the past decade, Songz (real name: Tremaine Neverson) has faced multiple accusations of both physical and sexual assault.
This week, Las Vegas police confirmed it is investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Songz. The 37-year-old had been at Drai’s Nightclub in The Cromwell hotel to ring in his birthday last Saturday night. A source told TMZ that after his performance at the club, Songz and his entourage took a group of women back to his hotel room at The Cosmopolitan.
Officials would not release any further details when contacted by The Daily Beast, including exactly when the alleged attack took place, but confirmed the incident occurred in the city and was reported to the department last Sunday.
Las Vegas police said Songz was cooperating with their investigation. His team did not return a request for comment when contacted by The Daily Beast.
Songz’s track record is no secret. But for years the charming, good-looking R&B crooner, with 2010s hits such as “Na Na,” “Bottoms Up,” and “Dive In,” has managed to dodge any serious criminal repercussions for the various claims and charges brought against him.
Just this year, he was let off the hook for an incident where he was seen on security footage in a scuffle with a Kansas City police officer when he flouted repeated warnings to wear his face mask. (The county’s district attorney’s office in April declined to prosecute him, citing a lack of evidence.)
It’s a shame, Donna McIntosh told The Daily Beast, that no one took her seriously back in 2012, when she was left with a black eye after the singer allegedly slung a heavy wad of cash at the Staten Island nurse’s face in close range, resulting in his arrest for assault. (McIntosh said the case was settled out of court and she’s not at liberty to discuss the terms.)
Songz, then 28, had reportedly become enraged that McIntosh had taken a photo of him on her cellphone—something that she claims several other young women in the club were also doing—and yanked her phone out of her hand to try and delete the photo.
“I didn’t even know I had a bruise on my face until after I left the club,” McIntosh told the New York Daily News at the time. “I had to walk around a whole week with a black eye.”
“It was insulting that he just threw something. He was verbally disrespectful as well. He embarrassed me in front of everyone in the club.”
Now, McIntosh believes it spoke to an early pattern of behavior. “When I made the complaint before, no one believed me and said it was all my fault,” she told The Daily Beast. “Now it’s constantly coming up. It’s the same with him, story after story.”
“The women get knocked down—he’s not being held accountable at all.”
So far, Songz has seen little if any professional consequences from the steady stream of accusations. The singer is still slated to perform at the storied Chicago Theatre for a special New Year’s Eve concert. The venue did not return The Daily Beast’s request for comment on whether Songz was still expected to perform in light of the investigation.
Earlier this year, Songz settled a $10 million civil complaint from a Jane Doe accuser out of court. The accuser detailed in court papers seen by The Daily Beast how the singer allegedly sexually assaulted her.
The woman claimed in her complaint that Songz had picked her up at a New Year’s Eve party in 2018 hosted at Diddy’s Miami mansion, before they continued the night at the popular nightclub E11EVEN.
“In the VIP area, Songz “sexually assaulted and battered Jane Doe by proceeding to forcefully place his hand under her dress, without her consent, and attempting to insert his fingers into Jane Doe’s vagina without her consent or permission,” the lawsuit alleged.”
In the VIP area, Songz “sexually assaulted and battered Jane Doe by proceeding to forcefully place his hand under her dress, without her consent, and attempting to insert his fingers into Jane Doe’s vagina without her consent or permission,” the lawsuit alleged.
The suit also claimed that following the alleged assault, another woman in the VIP area confided in Jane Doe that Songz had done something similar to her the same night. The second woman alleged that Songz also put “his hands down her pants and had placed his fingers into her buttocks without her consent,” according to the complaint.
Although Jane Doe retained her initial attorney days after the alleged assault, she alleged in court documents that he failed to bring about the complaint until days before the statute of limitations expired in January 2020, resulting in her hiring new counsel. (He has denied that he caused any undue delay.)
The parties were able to settle out of court, according to court documents, with Jane Doe withdrawing her complaint. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and Jane Doe and her attorney did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.
Similarly, a battery complaint brought against Songz by Andrea Buera was dropped in 2019.
The Los Angeles-based Buera had claimed the singer choked, punched, and knocked the then- 27-year-old to the ground at his L.A. rental in Feb. 2018 after he allegedly became furious that she had been chatting with one of his friends.
“While I was on the ground, he continued punching me, and he did not stop until his security pulled him off of me,” she said during a televised press conference alongside her lawyer Lisa Bloom, adding that Songz even took her phone from her and threw it.
“I had to go to the hospital because he hit me so hard that I had a concussion and was throwing up from the migraines,” she added, claiming the alleged attack only stopped because Songz’s bodyguards got involved.
Songz claimed in court papers that he was acting in self-defense, saying he “reasonably believed [Buera] was going to harm him and any force he used was only the amount reasonably necessary to protect himself.”
Buera provided a photo of herself in a hospital bed where there appeared to be a bruise forming under her chin, and other photos with marks around her eyes and forehead.
“I want you to get help,” Buera told Songz at the press conference, pushing for the Los Angeles Police Department to press charges against him. “Although I am not your first victim, I’d like to be your last.”
When officials declined to pursue a case against Songz, Buera filed a civil complaint in Aug. 2018. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Beast that during the lawsuit, Songz’s team had hired a personal investigator to dig into Buera’s personal life, reaching out to her past romantic partners.
By April 2019, Buera filed to withdraw her complaint with prejudice, meaning that she could not attempt to sue Songz again over the same incident. And although it was not reported if a settlement was reached, the source told The Daily Beast that Buera came into a sum of money shortly afterwards but did not know if that was related to the withdrawal of the suit.
The Daily Beast also uncovered a previously unreported criminal charge against Songz from 2012, where he was charged with assault and battery against a woman in Virginia stemming from an incident on New Year’s Eve in 2011.
The woman claimed she was photographing a party when Songz allegedly “smashed my camera into my face and while ripping my camera, asked me why I was taking a photograph of him smoking,” according to the criminal complaint obtained by The Daily Beast. “I replied that he had hit me in the face for no reason as I had not taken a photograph of him.” The case was later dismissed.
Actress Keke Palmer also spoke of a concerning interaction with Songz, alleging in 2017 that he used “sexual intimidation” to pressure her into appearing in a music video that she did not want to be featured in, claiming she hid in a closet to try to hide from him.
“After you found me in a closet HIDING because I was so afraid of anymore conflict,” Palmer wrote in a series of since-deleted tweets about her cameo in Songz’s video for “Pick Up the Phone.” “Literally my last option was to hide because you all would not listen when I said I did not want to be in the video the FIRST time.”
Songz dismissed Palmer’s concerns, tweeting, “Babygirl buggin. Point blank period. Got my number, coulda called, saw the cameras and the lights, heard action. I don’t do this twitter shit, girl you know me and got my number fuck outta here.”
Instagram model Celina Powell appeared on Adam22’s podcast No Jumper last year with her friend Alize, who claimed that Songz once refused to let her leave his home. (Adam22 has also been accused of rape and intimidation in the past.)
“He took my phone and my purse away for a whole day and held it over the balcony and was like, ‘Bitch, if you try and leave, I’m going to drop this shit,’” she claimed. “He did the same thing to [Powell]. He just does the same shit. He’s, like, weird.” (Songz denied their claims in a series of tweets.)
Songz has also faced allegations of physical violence from men and is currently being sued in Los Angeles by bartender Jeremy Johnson, who claims that during a concert at the Hollywood Palladium in 2019, Songz jumped up and sat on the bar’s counter.
Since it was against the venue’s policy, Johnson claimed in a legal complaint against Songz seen by The Daily Beast that he requested for the singer to get off the bar. “[Johnson] then put his hand on Neverson’s back to get his attention and again stated that he was not allowed to be on the bar,” the suit, which was filed in May, alleged.
“Neverson did not immediately respond, but then he turned around and struck [Johnson] in the head with a closed fist.”
Johnson’s suit comes a month after officials in Kansas declined to press charges against Songz after he was seen on security footage striking a police officer at a Kansas City Chiefs game after he was repeatedly asked to wear a face mask at least three separate times.
According to police, people around Songz and his entourage complained they weren’t wearing face masks—a mandate the stadium was enforcing for spectators in January. Security personnel came by on several occasions, warning Songz to wear his mask.
Eventually, a police officer came by and after a few moments, the officer moved to detain or remove Songz, who stepped down to the row below his seat. Security footage released by the KCPD appears to show that Songz threw the first punch, leading to the officer and him wrestling on the ground.
Although Songz was arrested and charged with assault of a police officer, officials declined to press charges.
But Songz did face felony charges in Michigan in 2017 when he allegedly became enraged that the Detroit music venue cut off his performance after he went over the allotted time, throwing a microphone stand from the stage and injuring a cameraman, resisting arrest, and flipping off the camera in his booking photo, according to police and reports at the time.
He was charged with assaulting a police officer and aggravated assault. Songz’s legal team secured him a plea deal, where he was able to plead guilty to two reduced counts of disturbing the peace in exchange for dismissing the more serious charges, evading any jail time with a non-reporting probation period of 18 months and attending anger management classes.
Songz and his team have managed to thwart any serious charges against the singer time and time again, as officials decline to pursue charges after a few months or his alleged victims settle with him out of court, never to be heard from again.
If a case is brought to court, his legal team has managed to successfully isolate the recurring incidents, speaking of how Songz donates to charity and has a clean criminal record. Time will tell if Songz will ever face the music.
Shonekan’s death major loss to Nigeria, private sector -Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the late head of Nigeria’s Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan, was highly consequential as a leader in the private sector who impacted economic policy in Nigeria.
This is as he described Shonekan’s demise as a major loss to the country.
Osinbajo stated this on Sunday when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the late head of the Interim National Government, in Lagos.
Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement he signed late Sunday titled ‘Shonekan was consequential as private sector leader, his death a major loss, says Osinbajo’.
The Vice President who visited in company of his wife, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, was received at the Ikoyi residence of the Shonekans by the late ING head’s widow, Margaret Shonekan, and the son Adeboye Shonekan.
Osinbajo described Shonekan’s death as “a very major loss for the country and for the private sector and even internationally.
“Here was a man who made an impact. He was one of the very first leaders in the private sector to shape economic policy in Nigeria, and his role in that respect was very significant.”
During the visit, the Vice President also signed the condolence register thus: “We bless the name of the Lord for the excellent life of service to the country and to God, of our leader and father Chief Ernest Shonekan, GCFR.
“We are proud of his contributions to the shaping of the modern Nigerian economy while being a leading light in the private sector. And for his statesmanship and leadership of the country at a time of great uncertainty in our nation.
“His integrity, legacy and high value service will remain evergreen in our memories. We pray that the Lord will comfort the family and may his memory be blessed forever. Amen.”
The Vice President also prayed for the family of the deceased business guru.
Nigerians in diaspora key to revamping the economy, democracy, says Utomi
By Chukwudi Nweje
Former presidential adviser, Prof Pat Utomi, who is also the leader of the National Consultative Front (NC Front), has said Nigerians in the diaspora have a crucial role to play in revamping the economy and saving the country’s democracy.
Utomi, who said this during a meeting with Nigerian professionals in Dallas, Texas, the United States at the weekend also noted that Nigerians in diaspora remit more money home than the country earns from the sale of crude oil, but have been denied the opportunity to fully participate in the democratic process by selfish politicians who fear the positive changes they will engender in the country’s democracy.
He said, “The Diaspora have higher competencies and a global network but is being blocked from their natural role in national rejuvenation by professional politicians in Nigeria who thrive on exclusion to achieve state capture, deserves a place at the table. The Diaspora remit more money home than Nigeria earns from crude oil sales. The Diaspora are high stakeholders with a moral obligation to help halt the drift in Nigeria.”
He urged Nigerians in the diaspora to partner the NC Front in ‘a shadow government’, which he said aims at developing policy plans to revive some critical sectors of the country’s economy that are lying comatose.
“The alternative government’s strategy involves a Marshal Plan type saturation investment in education, healthcare and the stimulation of markets that would further yield a prosperity paradox in infrastructure. The national economic strategy which is built on clusters of manufacturing hubs and technology parks in the six zones of Nigeria will drive global value chains anchored on the latent comparative advantage of each zone’s factor endowments and will produce a dramatic turnaround in Nigeria’s fortunes.
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He added that the NC Front will in the coming weeks announce a political party platform that will enable Nigeria to claim the promise of the founding fathers that peace and prosperity will define the future, in brotherhood, though tribe and tongue may differ.
“As soon as the current government is replaced there would be a diaspora global roadshow to showcase opportunities for diaspora joint ventures on the select endowments around which the value chains will be rolled out. This will quickly bring us to a full-employment economy and make Nigeria the true powerhouse of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Utomi said Nigerians should reject both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023 as they both represent retrograde opportunism.
He said that as 2023 approaches that Nigerians must move away from the politics of big men to those of big ideas to save the country.
“It is this politics of big men that deluded many Nigerians to think Buhari would help eliminate corruption only for corruption to get worse on his watch. Governing has reached its lowest ebb in memory with Nigeria’s import bills having at its top two items Nigeria should be exporting, premium motor spirit and food. These kinds of failures were the tradition of the anti-people government of corrupt big men that APC and PDP represents. A government that cares for and loves its people will not have politicians obsessed with self-love when just a little thoughtfulness can reduce the sufferings of the people and accelerate the pace of progress. To achieve a purposeful, people-centred government requires leaders of integrity, character, and a heart for the people”, Utomi said.
2023: Sen Adamu’s reconciliation c’ttee will position APC for victory – VON DG, Okechukwu
The Director-General, Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has said the Senator Abdullahi Adamu reconciliation committee is positioning the p
All Progressives Congress (APC) for 2023 electoral victory.
Okechukwu told newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, that the decision to set up the committee was one of the sterling achievements of the Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) led by Governor Mai Mala Buni.
The APC chieftain, who was a member of the sub committees in the merger process that formed APC, noted that the Adamu-led conciliation committee has been going about their responsibilities with uncommon insight, purpose and empathy.
He stated, “I will not be mistaken if one calls the Reconciliation Committee the nine wisemen, because they are generating germane responses and inputs that would help in strengthening our great party and turning it into a formidable national political movement on the eve of 2023 general elections.
“The committee yes has some challenges, nonetheless has recorded tremendous success that would position our great party for 2023 general elections.
“I think with this reconciliation move, APC is becoming the party the founding fathers envisioned and it is a thing of joy that the CECPC selected such claiber of persons to perform this onerous task.”
On reports about setbacks suffered by the committee in some states, Okechukwu, said, “Nobody expected the crisis dogging over 15 state chapters to be settled at once. All I know is that the Senator Adamu’s Committee has so far recorded huge successes in the South East, North West, North East, South West and South South.
“Yes, there are unresolved issues in states like Osun, Kwara and Adamawa, but my understanding is that reconciliation is a work in progress.”
The APC chieftain disclosed that he participated in the meeting for reconciliation of the three factions or tendencies in his home state, Enugu, remarking, “One was impressed with how diligent and painstaking Senator Adamu and his team grilled us. That one can say today that we are rebuilding APC Enugu State Chapter with Senator Ken Nnamani, former Governor Sulivan Chime and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geofrey Onyeama, which was mangled by the congresses.”
“It must be noted that the Committee rebuked us for playing blame games instead of building bridges for victory in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
“Today, we are almost united, as we are harmonising at ward, local government and state levels. We hope before the end of this week, APC Enugu State chapter will reunite as one family.”
He expressed optimism that Abia, Gombe, Akwa Ibom and other states would comply with advisory template of the Senator Adamu’s Committee.
His words: “Based on what I have witnessed, the Senator Adamu Committee will reconcile all the prolonged crisis in the state chapters, which contributed to the delays in holding the party’s national convention.”
He recalled with pain that since June 2020, when the APC caretaker committee led by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, was inaugurated, the convention has been postponed several times.
He hoped that the efforts of Senator Adamu’s Committee will lead to seamless national convention, a mandate which President Buhari gave H.E. M.M. Buni CECPC.
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