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R&B singer James DeBarge arrested on suspicion of drug possession

James DeBarge, the R&B soul singer who was a member of the group DeBarge, has been arrested on suspicion of narcotics possession in South Los Angeles.

The 50-year-old former husband of Janet Jackson known for hits in the 1980s such as "All This Love" and "Rhythm of the Night" was taken into custody at 9:30 p.m. Thursday by Los Angeles police officers in the Southwest Division.

He is being held without bail at the LAPD's 77th Street Community Station jail.

DeBarge has had a public battle with drug addiction in recent years, which landed him in Los Angeles County jail several times. DeBarge was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon involving a gun.

He was arrested twice by the LAPD in October 2011, initially on suspicion of drug possession and then assault with a deadly weapon. He was back behind bars last year after being arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and possession of a controlled substance. In 2011 he was convicted of drug possession and in 2012 he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession, court records show.

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