A Cuyahoga County (Ohio) grand jury has indicted R&B star Gerald Levert on assault charges, despite a city prosecutor earlier saying there wasn't evidence to sustain the charges following a confro

A Cuyahoga County (Ohio) grand jury has indicted R&B star Gerald Levert on assault charges, despite a city prosecutor earlier saying there wasn't evidence to sustain the charges following a confrontation with police during a traffic stop.

Prosecutor Anthony Jordan said earlier this month that there was no evidence the singer caused serious physical harm to patrolmen Ronald W. Ross and Daniel Lentz. Levert, 38, was charged with drunken driving, impeding traffic, obstructing police business and resisting arrest.

But on Tuesday, a county grand jury indicted Levert on two charges of felonious assault and a charge of obstructing official business.

Police said Levert 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. on Feb. 25.

Ross said he hurt his wrist and Lentz said he injured his shoulder while trying to detain Austin. Officials said the officers missed work the day after the confrontation. The grand jury indicted Austin, 27, on the same charges as Levert and a charge of assault on a police officer.

Levert, of Newbury, about 20 miles east of Cleveland, is scheduled to be arraigned March 22 in Cleveland Common Pleas Court.


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