In December, Trey Songz was arrested and accused of punching a police officer at a Detroit concert. Now, the R&B singer has reportedly rejected a plea offer in the case, which would have turned his felony assault charge into a misdemeanor.
The plea deal, which remains open, would force Trey to plead guilty to one count of attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer and one count of aggravated assault, but it would also mandate that Trigga stay on probation for two years, receiving anger management counseling, as well as drug and alcohol screenings.
On Friday (March 3), Trey appeared in front of Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway through a video connection from Los Angeles. The judge entered a not guilty plea in the case, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Without the plea offer, Songz is facing a felony count of assaulting a police officer causing injury, which could mean up to four years in prison. He also faces a misdemeanor count of aggravated assault, which could lead to a maximum of one year in jail.
Law enforcement officials say that Trey was upset after being asked to cut his performance short in Detroit. According to them, the singer struck and injured a cameraman with a microphone stand and punched a police sergeant in the head, resulting in a concussion.
Fan-shot concert footage shows Trey was visibly upset when his set was shortened that night. He went on to trash the stage after promising the crowd he would do so. “A ni**a cut me off, I’m going the f*ck crazy,” he said. “Go on, do it!”
Last month, Trey addressed the arrest during an interview with “The Breakfast Club.” “The stage thing in Detroit, there’s so many layers to that,” he said. “What people don’t understand is that the people who cut my music off have actually been working for me for seven-eight years, on tour with me, we got personal relationships. And they started my show three minutes late and ended it five minutes early. So, people don’t understand that…I definitely felt disrespected, mostly because these people, literally, every tour you’ve seen me on, have been working for me…There was fraudulent claims about me doing this and that backstage.”
A docket conference for the case is now scheduled to take place March 10. Meanwhile, Tremaine The Playboy, Trey’s first album since 2014’s Trigga, is due March 24.