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Tyrese Cited For Mysterious Felony in Car Crash

1/29/2010 2:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Tyrese Gibson has been cited for leaving the scene of an accident -- a felony ... but he has a pretty good defense.

Tyrese Gibson car crash

Rewind to January 4 in Miami. Tyrese was involved in a car crash with Sheena McCleary. The cops came and took info from both drivers. Both Tyrese and Sheena were cited for the accident. Sheena -- who claims she was injured -- drove away in a cab with Tyrese.

Now fast forward to January 25. For some reason, Miami police issued traffic citations to both Tyrese and Sheena for "Leaving the scene on public or private property - injury" - a felony.

So how could Tyrese have committed such a felony when there are photos of him talking to cops at the accident scene? That's what his lawyers, Jayne Weintraub and Jon Sale, want to know. They filed papers Thursday with court clerks and entered a not guilty plea on Tyrese's behalf.

Miami prosecutors must now decide whether to pursue the case against Tyrese and Sheena. Weintraub and Sale think it must just be a clerical snafu.

Ironically, paparazzi handiwork may be Tyrese's smoking gun.

Sheena's lawyer, Bradford Cohen, tells TMZ he doesn't believe there's probable cause to go forward with the case.

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atatkl    

I am glad that Tyrese and the other party of the accident were okay. I hope the lesson was learned, and no more mistakes like this won't ever happen no more! And no more spa time right after an accident. That's crazzzzzzy!

1613 days ago
2.

atatkl    

Tyrese! What I just said is from the heart. You are one of the finest actors, and I really like you from your singing to your acting. Just be very carefull! :)

1613 days ago
3.

karma    

You did good, TMZ. Good luck, Tyrese. Hope everyone is ok.

1642 days ago
4.

tfleck    

who is this guy anyway?

1642 days ago
5.

Lewy    

His lawyer is Jayne Weintraub? She's a real beauty.

1642 days ago
6.

jerry    

Law enforcement at its best.... Give that guy a ticket... OH CRAP, they have photographs.. oh well, just tell the media there was a clerical error, no big deal.

I'm smelln some bacon frying.

1642 days ago
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running with the devil    

Whaat a strange deal here at the lighthouse where I saw the accident. Truly odd, I know, but well.... I can't really recall.

1642 days ago
8.

TRUTHFULNESS    

That isn't a cop in the photo, its a rent-a-cop aka. mall security.
TMZ you need to check your sources better. You can clearly see by the security patch on the guys arm.

CHECK YOUR FACTS!

1642 days ago
9.

Shurly    

Oh yeah ? And the police car behind ? Is it a rent-a-police car ?

1642 days ago
10.

Fred    

If you have to ask "who is Tyrese" then you've either never saw Transformers 1 & 2, or spent too much time tugging one off to Megan Fox during the movie.

The fake "who is this guy" post every time they post a story featuring a B-list black actor is as tired as it is old. I'm sure you have no problems remembering Joe Tutorro or Josh Duhamel, even though Tyrese's role was every bit as big. Get a life.

1642 days ago
11.

stonecold    

The fake "who is this guy" post every time they post a story featuring a B-list black actor is as tired as it is old. I'm sure you have no problems remembering Joe Tutorro or Josh Duhamel, even though Tyrese's role was every bit as big. Get a life.

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Oh, excuse us. We'll change the post in this case:

"Who it this TURD???"

1642 days ago
12.

Fred    

Oh, excuse us. We'll change the post in this case:

"Who it this TURD???"

*************

Someone richer, more famous, and more relevant than you'll ever be in your pathetic meaningless little life. The life where posting on the TMZ board is the most fame you'll ever achieve.

Always glad to assist ;o)

1642 days ago
13.

sam    

He is standing next to a security gurard in the picture, his car is on private property.

1642 days ago
14.

Colleen    

Is Tyrese wearing those Skechers butt shaping shoes?!? How embarrassing...

1642 days ago
15.

MG    

If you look real close, TMZ, you'll see that person is a security guard, and that's his little security car. Far cry from real police.

1642 days ago
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