Not a good day for musicians in the eyes of the law. James Brown was arrested yesterday in Beech Island, SC, for allegedly roughing up his wife. The Godfather Of Soul was placed in custody after his wife, Tomi Rae Brown, called police and said that James had pushed her and caused her to fall in a dispute at the coupleís home. After being arrested on charges of criminal domestic violence, James Brown was released from jail today with no bail and told not to have any contact with his wife whatsoever until the case had been settled. James Brown could spend another month in jail and be fined $500 if found guilty.
And in news that makes you wonder if someone put acid in your morning coffee, R&B star R. Kelly has been given permission by a judge to leave Chicago, where he is facing child pornography charges, to go to Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards next month, under one condition: he may not associate with Michael Jackson. Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan has allowed the journey, with that lone caveat. Kellyís lawyer Edward Genson, who must have been a perplexed as the rest of us, could only retort to the Chicago Sun-Times,"What's the difference if someone makes an order not to see someone he didn't want to see in the first place?" Good question, Mr. Genson. Good question.