El DeBarge in the clear after drug arrest; still on Funk Fest bill for St. Pete
El DeBarge has hit some hurdles over the years, but the '80s nation has been rooting consistently for his comeback.
But we broke into a sweat this week when we heard our Who's Johnny/Rhythm of the Night crooner (born Eldra Patrick DeBarge) was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles for felony possession of narcotics with intent to sell -- the singer's third drug arrest since 2001, TMZ reported.
According to official D.A. documents, "police officers noticed DeBarge and another man speaking on the street -- and for some reason, decided to search them ... without giving a reason why," TMZ says. Though they found nothing, and DeBarge denied any wrongdoing, cops found rock cocaine under a nearby car and the singer was arrested.
Later, prosecutors decided the evidence wasn't there -- and the charge was dropped.
That's especially good news for fans in Tampa Bay, where El DeBarge is scheduled to play the Funk Fest in St. Petersburg on April 6-7 in Vinoy Park. A spokesperson today said they've been in contact with his manager and that El DeBarge is still in the show.