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El DeBarge in the clear after drug arrest; still on Funk Fest bill for St. Pete



El DeBarge/Getty ImagesEl 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.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 22, 2012 3:17pm]


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