R&B singer Gerald Levert has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts stemming from a confrontation with Cleveland police during a traffic stop five months ago.

R&B singer Gerald Levert has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts stemming from a confrontation with Cleveland police during a traffic stop five months ago.

Levert apologized in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court yesterday (July 27) and admitted to charges of assault and attempted obstruction of official business. He was fined $2,000 and put on probation for one year.

Police said Levert, 39, of suburban Newbury Township, and a passenger in his car, James Austin Jr., of Canton, intervened when authorities stopped a friend of Levert's for speeding at 12:45 a.m. Feb. 25.

Austin pleaded guilty to a felony count of assault on a police officer and a misdemeanor count of attempted obstruction of official business.

Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor Michelle Earley said the assault charge against Austin was more severe because he threw a punch. No sentencing date was set for Austin.


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