El DeBarge is Scott-Free and Looking Forward to Funk FestBy: Heather Campobello - March 22, 2012
El DeBarge ( born Eldra Patrick DeBarge) was arrested on Tuesday in Los Angeles for felony possession of narcotics with the intent to sell.
DeBarge is an American R&B/Pop singer and songwriter most famous for his signature falsetto voice. His career peaked in the early to mid-80s. His best known songs are “Who’s Johnny” and “Love Always” as well as his collaborative efforts with Quincy Jones, DJ Quik, and Tone Loc.
“Who’s Johnny” was on the soundtrack for the movie Short Circuit:
Apparently things come in 3 for the singer; he has been nominated for three Grammys and this is the entertainer’s third arrest since 2001.
It appears that the cops wrongfully arrested the singer. According to TMZ official D.A. documents state that “”police officers noticed DeBarge and another man speaking on the street — and for some reason, decided to search them … without giving a reason why.” Despite the fact that the police found no incriminating evidence and the vocalists denial that he did anything the officers found a rock of cocaine under a nearby car and decided to make the arrest.
Prosecutors felt that there wasn’t enough evidence to press charges and he was cleared of the supposed offense.
DeBarge is enjoying his freedom and is looking forward to playing Funk Festin St. Petersburg on April 6-7 in Vinoy Park.
Funk Fest will also feature Charlie Wilson, Bobby Brown, Kem, Ledisi and more.