Thursday, August 30, 2007


El DeBarge in the in LA County jail?! I can't call this one, people. I just can not call it. When I first heard about this story, I thought they'd gotten El, whose real name is Eldra, mixed up with his little brother, Chico--who did a bid back in the late-to-early 90s on felony drug charges. But who would've ever thought that we would ever see lil ol El DeBarge's mugshot posted all over the 'Net? What's even more surprising is the fact that he is STILL behind bars with no bail, bless his heart. According to, the pint-size (he's only 5'9 and 130 pounds) former pretty boy of the eighties was arrested on Sunday on a domestic violence charge. Details of the incident were not immediately available, but reportedly, the 46 year-old singer is separated from his wife, Monica DeBarge; but Sgt. John Coffeen tells PEOPLE that DeBarge was "cooperative" and that "an arrest like this usually involves abuse of a spouse or significant other. I don't know whose house it was."

Now everybody remembers El's first solo hit, Rhythm of the Night, but the song I still sing to this very day is I Call Your Name. I love that song! Even though the only part of the song I remember is the chorus, "I call your name girl/whenever I am lonely baby/I call your name/when I feel the need of love/I think of you.. and it eases the pain/take away the strain." I become nostalgic like a mug anytime I hear that song.

Back to the story: I'll bet dollars to donuts that singing is the last thing on El's mind right about now. However, all of you DeBarge fans will be happy to learn that, as of this posting, the Los Angeles County District Attorney has thrown out the domestic violence charge against him. BUT don't go 'dancing till the morning light' because that's where the good news end. For the time being, Lil Man will remain incarcerated without bail...on other non-related charges. Looks like Janet's former brother-in-law (for those of you who don't know, Janet was once married to El's brother James when she was 18...the marriage was annulled a year later) has been a really, really bad boy. According to court records, despite the DV charge being rejected, DeBarge is being held on several other outstanding warrants for vandalism, drugs and driving with a suspended license. Needless to say, there is no bail on these outstanding warrants which means DeBarge will remain in the clank-clank until his next court date.

I had to come back and share with all what had to be the funniest shit I've read this week. After posting this story here, I went and found it on RPMB and the following post from RPMB member Tommie Collins is one for the record books, I swear to God! Tommie recalled the time he witnessed El act like a straight...well, not really straight...but a um...El acted like a um...OH! A damn beige clown! Tommie's post is below. Thanks again, TC for the laugh. I really needed it! LOL!

Re: El Debarge arrested for Domestic Violence
by Tommie Collins on Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:50 pm

Aye young, back in the day, when Platinum was 21+ on sundays, He was up in that joint LUNCHIN joe...cuz was in the bathroom sniffin coke off a hundred dollar upstairs to VIP, he pushin and shovin random . man, Just on some Debo s**t...In some strtch pants and some high heeled shoe boots. Security try to escort him out, he get to windmillin and s**t, they finally carry his lil azz out the club right, and Police out there tellin him to sit tight while they find his limo EL DEBARGE JUMPED UP AND BACKHANDED THE POLICE OFFICER. In front of an entire Platinum line. The cop just sat there and looked shocked for a minute...then realized he just got pimp slapped by the prettiest . in R&B history. So he stole lil El Debarge in the eye and slumped him, and they put him in the back of the squad car and drove off. Me and security at this point were on the ground laughing, Dean was mad at us we was laughing so hard, man I will never forget that night. This was the longest post in my entire RPMB post history.


Anonymous said...

"I Call Your Name" was the name of the song and it was sung by the group Switch. The lead singer was Bobby Debarge, one of El's older brothers (Tommy Debarge was also in the group).

Anonymous said...

5'9" is not fucking pint sized!

Alger said...

The dude is completely just, and there is no skepticism.
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