Trey Songz will not be charged following his altercation with police at an NFL playoff game. As TMZ reported, the prosecutor’s office for Jackson County, Missouri decided not to file charges against the singer.
Songz was attending a Kansas City Chiefs game back in January when he was being heckled by a few fans. He reportedly asked the group of people to stop and was later approached by an officer, who went off on him. The singer attempted to defend himself, but he was pinned down to his seat before a swarm of other cops arrived at the scene. Footage of the incident captured fans begging for the police to let Songz go, but they proceeded to arrest him because he was not wearing a mask.
Days later, more released footage showed that Songz had temporarily removed his mask to eat some fries — an action permitted at the Arrowhead Stadium where the game took place. The video also showed that the star was approached by three security guards before the cop arrived. Police maintained the arrest was related to his mask, but many noticed that surrounding fans who were also maskless were not confronted by officers.
Authorities later released a statement, explaining the sequence of events that led to Songz’s arrest.
“During last night’s AFC Championship games, fans complained that a man was not following the Arrowhead fans’ code of conduct or the mandates of the Kansas City Missouri Health Department,” the Kansas City Police Department said at the time. “The man was not receptive and refused to comply with Arrowhead security. Security then asked him to leave. He refused to leave.”
“At that point, they requested law enforcement assistance in ejecting him from the stadium,” the statement continued. Officers advised the man that if he did not leave, he would be arrested for trespassing. He still refused to comply, at which point officers told him he was under arrest.”
Songz was booked on a 24-hour hold and released from jail soon after. Police hadn’t filed charges at the time because they were awaiting further review from the Jackson County Prosecutor. Due to insignificant evidence, prosecutors decided to decline filing charges against him.