Motions by prosecution granted in Trey Songz assault case in Detroit

Trial set to begin Sept. 12

DETROIT – Singer Trey Songz appeared in court Tuesday for a hearing on charges of injuring a Detroit police sergeant when he became belligerent on stage during his show Dec. 28 at Joe Louis Arena. 

Tremaine Neverson, known better as Trey Songz, was arrested after the show and charged with assaulting a police officer causing injury and aggravated assault. Authorities say microphones and speakers were thrown from the Joe Louis Arena stage. 

A motion hearing was held Tuesday about video and still photography evidence in the case that the prosecution wanted to admit.

Neverson's booking photo shows him allegedly giving the middle finger at officers taking the photograph. The defense had first agreed to allow the booking photographs to be admitted, arguing that they show injuries allegedly sustained by police. They later objected to admitting the photographs.

The second motion was about a video from a show in Las Vegas has Neverson on camera saying "F*** the police."

The judge ruled in favor of the prosecution and both the video and photographs will be admitted into evidence.

An attorney for Trey Songz had said the singer was in negotiations with prosecutors to reduce the felony assault charge but prosecutors decided not to offer a plea deal.

The trial is set to begin Sept. 12.

What happened

According to Detroit police, Neverson became belligerent when he ran out of time and was asked to get off the stage. He began throwing speakers, microphones, and other objects. Several concertgoers told Local 4 they were surprised to see him do this. 

Detroit police officers went on stage and tried to calm him down, but he continued to throw things. A Detroit police sergeant was hit in the head and taken to the hospital with a concussion. The prosecutor's office said the officer was hit with Neverson's fist.

This video was posted by a concertgoer: 

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About the Authors:

Koco joined the Local 4 News team in September of 2016. She was born and raised in Metro Detroit, attended Central Michigan University, and previously worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.