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El Debarge

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8/29/2007 6:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

El DebargeTMZ has learned R&B sensation El Debarge is currently cooling his dancing shoes in an L.A. County Jail, arrested on Sunday for domestic violence!

Rhymes With Snitch first broke the news of Debarge's arrest. El, whose real name is Eldra, scored major success in 1985 with the hit "Rhythm of the Night." His brother James was briefly married to Janet Jackson, but that marriage was annulled.

Debarge currently sits in a cell, without bail. Wear it well!

UPDATE: TMZ has learned that Debarge is being held on several outstanding warrants ranging from vandalism to drugs to driving with a suspended license. On these particular warrants, bail is not an option -- which means El Debarge will stay behind bars until he sees the judge.


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Before we make a mock of El, let's keep in mind about the memories & enjoyment he & his family brought us for years. There's nothing funny about a black male going to jail. Especially, concerning the charges that he faces.

Please pray with all sincerity, for his mother & the entire family. Please keep in mind to encourage, not to discourage. Also please try to be very careful & kind about your comments, you never know, a family member could be reading.

Be Blessed

2413 days ago


You!..Yeah YOU! who was hooking up on the floor with El helping you all out!!Remember??. Its a shame when Fame wrecks talent..the fickle fans like YOU are always the first to Go

2410 days ago


Remember DeBarge fans this site is mostly "All-American" (white)!!! They don't care about Black talent...they only care about All-American cuties like Paris, Nicole, Britney, and Lindsey! El DeBarge has more talent in his pinky than the sum total of the aforementioned sluts combined! We've all got problems!

2407 days ago


well you guys get this right, read the damn article and realize that he was not ever married to janet , his brother james was, jeez

2406 days ago


Why are you all hating on El he has more money and talent then you all can shake a stick at

2406 days ago


Latrice...while I love El and his talents...I don't think he can come up with bail to get out of jail.

2406 days ago


It's unfortunate that the majority of these posts are in a negative fashion. It is apparant that he is not making appropriate choices due to his drug use. Let's pray for the brother, for a speedy return to society and back to his recording. I actually wrote him a letter to wish him well and am awaiting a response. What goes down, must come up.

2392 days ago


Its sad he cant get out, bc he has a bail of 20 grand. An I went on the cite of the jail that he is at, he only has to pay 10 percent. thats 2 grand, I mean his brothers an sister should be able to come up with the money right. I feel sorry for the guy, for everyone who is a fan, why dont we raise the money an get El out. The guy needs help, an being in jail isnt helping him. We need to get El out an Im serious.

2392 days ago


Yeah, I decided to write him also, give him words of encouragement, even though what he did was wrong, he doesnt need to be in that crummy jail.

2391 days ago


I hope El has gotten out of jail by now. Supposedly he is working with Babyface on a comeback album, but only TIME WILL REVEAL. From 1982-1994, El was a major player in the RB world. but after being dropped from his label in 1995 and dealing with the AIDS related death of his mentor and older brother Bobby, this legendary Prince of Soul has not been able to find his way back in the HEART MIND AND SOUL of his adoring public. El enjoyed 12 years of Fame and hit records, but the only hits he's had in the last 13 years have been Infamous hits in the press. White rock and roll stars can get away with scandals involving SEX , DRUGS, WIFE ABUSE, but rarely can Black stars. It remains to be seen if El will ever make a comeback.

2355 days ago


EL is so R&B sensation he was in a group that made a few songs now he is just like any other crack head just because he made a few songs does this make him any better than any other crackhead? His whole family has had trouble with drugs, they are all a bunch of druggies. He should stay in the past where he belongs.......

1152 days ago


well, hell, we all have demons, god knows i did, but turning to the man was the answer for me, el, you are to important to us and yourself, fame can come and go but we need you to stay, let go and come back, god got you/ur fam,

901 days ago
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