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Celebrities Behaving Badly: Naeto C Allegedly SLAPS Blogger at DJ Neptunes Wedding, While Trey Songz is Arrested for Assaulting Woman with Dollar Bills

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TREY SONGZObi Asika, Storm 360, Naeto C, I really would like to stop seeing news stories on Naeto C involved in brouhahas. Two alleged altercations in the last 12months with promoters over alleged breach of contracts and what not, and now, alleged “assault” (per Nigerian criminal law) committed against a blogger? A bit too much for me.

I don’t know how true the allegations are about the facts surrounding the incident below. Also, as a practical matter, there will always be different sides to a story: Plaintiff, Defendant and the truth. But, irrespective of who is in the right or wrong, I really prefer the rapper with an MSC who makes “Cerious music” just ease off on the kind of negative limelight he has been generating lately.

Excerpt below

“For those who witnessed this show of shame by popular Nigerian rapper, Naetochuckwu Chikwe otherwise known as Naeto C, at the wedding reception of DJ Neptunes, formerly with Raypower FM, held at the City Hall, Lagos Island, surprise and eyesore were words they used in describing how the son of a former Aviation Minister, Kema Chikwe descended himself low like a street urchin.

Eyewitnesses described Naeto C as Oshodi area boys especially with the way he reportedly torn the cloth of a popular blogger with Sturvs Media identified as Lewis Grant, who is the Vice President, Business Development, Sturvs Media Ltd.

As the gist goes, Lewis was said to have mistakenly stepped on Nicole Chukwueke, Naeto C v Benin Concert Promoter Fight Nov 2011Naeto C’s wife’s dress, who was standing right behind Lewis along with her husband, Naeto C while he (Lewis) was taking pictures of DJ Neptunes and his wife at the reception. Probably to show to his wife how caring he is and how he can fight for her, Naeto C was reported to have pushed Lewis and commanded him to get away from his presence.

The eyewitness, who narrated this story said that Lewis reportedly told Naeto C not to command him like a boy. This statement by Lewis to Naeto C landed him (Lewis) a ‘special gold medal’; ‘a hot slap’ on his face.

One of the eyewitnesses that Naeto C didn’t stop there as he reportedly took his fight with this blogger further by tearing Lewis’ shirt. Soon, some military men reportedly joined in giving Lewis the beating of his life until one of Lewis’ aunties at the party intervened.

It was learnt that the military men barred people from taking pictures while Naeto C was busy flexing his muscles with Lewis. .  .” – The Daily Post

What’s with Nigerians and slaps/”dirty slaps?”

In another news, yet another artist I really would prefer stays out of legal drama is Trey Songz. Up to this point, Trey Songz has been an extremely focused, business driven, and highly intelligent artist. Criminal trouble and Trey Songz have never kicked it together like that, at least not in the limelight. However, somehow, they recently found each other.

Read the report from TMZ below. I am not happy about this one either.

CRIMINAL ASSAULT
In Trey Songz situation, the D.A. could have easily avoided filing charges but clearly, they think, after one month, that they have enough to get him on misdemeanor assault. The charge technically should have been battery based on the reading below but it looks like they could only come up with something to attempt to get him on an assault charge. If Trey Songz has the squeaky clean rap sheet that we all think he has, his lawyer should easily be able to negotiate a dismissal, unless there is more to this that meets the eye.

Lesson of the day: If you will visit a strip joint, be sure the stripper you are spraying on is in fact a stripper. Also, don’t throw bills at her because you may think you are blessing her with your dollars. Not every woman is charmed with a man who has money or suffers such low self esteem they put up with ish.

While you think she is just a stripper, lose your manners and disrespect her, she thinks, “I may be a stripper but homie don’t you dare disrespect me or else I’mma check your behind i.e. call the Popo on you.” Trey Songz, hope you copy that.  It’s a journey. We fall down, but we get up. Hope  Trey sorts out this mess and can focus on his music.

-Uduak

“Throwing dollar bills at a woman (aka MAKING IT RAIN!!!) seems harmless, but it got Trey Songz arrested for assault in New York recently … TMZ has learned.

Songz (real name Tremaine Neverson) had an album release party on August 21 at a gentleman’s club in Queens. According to police, somewhere between 4:00 and 4:15 AM on the 22nd, Trey became involved in an altercation inside the club.

Cops described the incident this way in the criminal complaint: “Tremaine Neverson, did throw a sum of United States currency at the complainant and said sum of United States currency struck the complainant’s left eye causing substantial pain to her left eye.”

It is unclear if the woman in question was … how do we say this nicely … a stripper.

Songz was not arrested that night, but rather a month later for misdemeanor assault. Songz had a court date in NY on November 1 and an order of protection was issued. He is due back in court in February. . .” -Trey Songz

Trey, common now?

-Uduak
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