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Billings PD seeking warrant after November Fuddruckers incident involving singer Jeremih

Billings PD seeking warrant after November Fuddruckers incident involving singer Jeremih

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BILLINGS -- The Billings Police Department is seeking an arrest warrant in relation to a Nov. 5 incident in which R&B singer Jeremih and his entourage were involved in a frackas at a Billings restaurant that made national news.

Lt. Kevin Iffland said on Tuesday that police investigators submitted a warrant request to the city attorney's office on Nov. 28 for review. The warrant accuses the singer of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Iffland said that no warrant had been issued as of Tuesday and that the request had not been submitted to the courts, pending the city attorney's office review and any recommended changes.

Each offense carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Iffland said that such warrants, if issued, aren't usually extraditable, meaning the person accused usually isn't arrested outside of the city limits and then sent back to Billings.

Police said in early November that Jeremih, whose full name is Jeremih Felton and is known for his hit songs "Birthday Sex" and "Don't Tell Em," and several other men were in the West End Fuddruckers when a disturbance broke out.

Restaurant staff reported that members of the group ordered food and then hassled a young female employee. When the manager addressed the group and asked them calm down and move, members accused him of being racist and one of the men grabbed a microphone used to order food and spoke into it, Billings Police Dept. Chief Rich St. John said in early November.

Police said one of the people in the group then splashed beer toward employees before throwing a beer bottle. A video that entertainment news website TMZ published and claims is among surveillance tapes from Fuddruckers shows one of the group members throwing a beer bottle toward staff members behind the counter.

The group then left and drove away.

In a pair of messages posted to his Twitter account on Nov. 9, Jeremih said "I have traveled all over the world, and never have I experienced such blatant racism that occurred in Billings, Montana" and "that was an unfortunate situation that should have never happened."

He has not publicly addressed the incident otherwise.

Jeremih was in Billings to perform at the Shrine Auditorium later that evening. The concert's promoter, Next Level Inc., said it was working to refund concertgoers' money after Jeremih performed three songs and left.


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