R&B singer Jeremih was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey yesterday, along with two other men he was travelling with. According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and several published reports, the group arrived after last boarding call and tried to pry open a jetway door to make the flight.
Last night, a Port Authority spokesman said that 27-year-old Jeremih, aka Jeremy Felton, and the group he was travelling with attempted to board a US Air flight to Phoenix at around 1:35pm. One member of his entourage managed to board after the last call. He then tried to hold the door open at the last minute, so that the musician and another friend could force their way onto the plane.
They were unsuccessful, and police arrested Adam Woods, 27, and Dontate Cunningham, 26, along with Jeremih. The “Birthday Sex” singer was charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct. Woods is currently facing the same charges, but Cunningham has been charged with defiant trespass. The three were eventually released.
In New Jersey, trespassing can be classified as a felony and bring about severe penalties, including jail time. Their actions are especially serious because the incident took place in an airport.
Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, authorities have continued to increase the security measures in airports. Even minor offenses can result in harsh consequences in these settings, so it is not yet clear how Jeremih and his group will be affected. The artist has not been present on his social media accounts following the incident.
It is not the first time he and his entourage have caused commotion in a public space. Just last month, they were caught on video and arrested when they reportedly trashed a Fuddruckers restaurant in the small town of Billings, Montana.
When Jeremih and his men began hitting on a female employee in the restaurant, a manager asked them to stop. They grabbed the counter microphone to announce that the management was racist, and proceeded to shatter an ordering menu and damage some frying equipment. They also threw beer bottles at the employees, covering them in beer. Even then, the manager attempted to return their money to help calm the situation. It appears that the investigation of this incident was still ongoing when the airport disruption took place.