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Why was Trey Songz arrested at Kansas City Chiefs game? Rapper who allegedly assaulted a cop has a violent past

Songz was sued in 2018 for assaulting a police officer and a photographer after his concert time was curtailed due to a curfew
UPDATED JAN 25, 2021
A video has surfaced from the game, which shows Trey Songz engaged in a physical altercation with a uniformed officer (Getty Images)
A video has surfaced from the game, which shows Trey Songz engaged in a physical altercation with a uniformed officer (Getty Images)

Rapper Trey Songz was arrested from the Arrowhead Stadium during the KC Chief’s game on Sunday, for allegedly trespassing, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer. He is reportedly detained for 24 hours at present and will be released tomorrow night. 

A video has surfaced from the game, which shows Trey Songz engaged in a physical altercation with a uniformed officer. The officer can be seen going after Trey, following which he punches his head and traps him in a headlock. Afterward, the officer can be spotted pinning Trey to a seat. 

Trey Songz at Juneteenth (Getty Images)

What happened at Sunday's game?

Spectators and Trey Songz’ fans at the game who were first-hand witnesses of the incident insist that the officer was the first to get physical and that he was way out of line. In fact, it can be evident from the video that the officer was more aggressive towards Trey initially, as fans can be seen and heard in the background trying to separate the two. However, what exactly preceded the altercation cannot be seen in the video. 

An eyewitness has revealed to TMZ that the incident started when a group of fans in a row behind Trey was heckling him, and Trey asked them to chill out. The witness reports that seeing this chaos, the officer directly approached Trey and went after him without any prior warning. He apparently caught Trey off-guard while getting physical, and then Trey defended himself by hitting the officer back.


In the video, it can be seen that fans were appealing to the officer to let go of Trey until additional officers arrive. After other officers arrived at the scene, the rapper was arrested and handcuffed. 

Why was he sued in 2018?

This is not the first time Trey Songz had been arrested for felony assault of a police officer. In fact, he has quite a history of legal troubles, mostly involving assault and misdemeanor. 

In December 2016, a similar incident took place after his performance at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Allegedly, the R&B singer started “throwing objects after the venue cut his concert short due to an 11:30 pm curfew”. He also reportedly “struck an officer with his fist.”

The Detroit police officer later filed a lawsuit against him alleging that a punch from Trey on that day ended his career with a severe ‘brain injury’. During the altercation, Trey reportedly landed on top of the officer on the floor, which caused a severe injury in the latter’s hip. He had to get a hip replacement surgery post the incident.

Songz at a 2017 concert in Las Vegas (Getty Images)

A photographer working at the show also alleged in the same lawsuit that Trey threw a microphone stand at him, causing a head injury. 

Trey Songz initially pleaded guilty in August 2017 for "disturbing the peace". He was sentenced to 18 months in probation, anger-management sessions, and substance screening. Later in June 2018, he was sued in federal court after the lawsuit.