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Funk Singer Rick James Arrested In Assault Case

August 3, 1991

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Funk-soul singer Rick James and a female companion were arrested Friday after allegations they assaulted and tortured a woman at his home last month, police said.

James, 43, and Tanya Hijazi, 21, were taken into custody at the singer’s Hollywood Hills home, police Detective Jim Wegman said.

James, best known for his 1981 hit ″Super Freak,″ was jailed for investigation of unspecified charges, with bail set at $1 million. Hijazi was held on $500,000 bail, Wegman said.

Police obtained an arrest warrant Thursday after detectives investigated a woman’s allegations that James and Hijazi attacked and tortured her July 18. The woman’s name or other details about the arrests were not released.

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