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R&B Singer Brown Arrested For Violating Columbus’ Anti-Lewdness Law

January 27, 1989

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) _ Rhythm and blues singer Bobby Brown, arrested during a performance for violating Columbus’ anti-lewdness ordinance, paid a $652 fine at the local jailhouse and returned to finish his show, authorities said.

Brown, whose latest hit is ″My Prerogative,″ was arrested during a concert at the city’s Municipal Auditorium Wednesday night.

″He brought a woman up from the audience and was dancing around her, then got right up to her and began hunching″ in a simulation of sexual intercourse, said Police Major John Wood.

When Brown came off the stage for a moment at 8:30 p.m., Sgt. Bobby Horne, who heads up security at the Municipal Auditorium, arrested him and charged him with violating the city’s anti-lewdness ordinance.

The law prohibits performers at an event attended by persons under the age of 18 to show nudity or sexual pictures or models, or to use ″four-letter sexual words.″

Brown was off stage for about an hour being booked at the Muscogee County Jail. He paid a $652 fine, came back on stage about an hour later and announced that he’d been at jail, Wood said.

The ordinance was passed after antics at a 1987 Beastie Boys concert offended some parents. Rap performer LL Cool J was the first to be arrested under the ordinance. Gene Simmons, bass player for the rock group Kiss, was later arrested for pulling his pants down.

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