R&B Artist Levert Pleads Innocent to Assault Charges

Rhythm and blues artist Gerald Levert (search) has pleaded innocent to felony charges of assaulting a Cleveland police officer and obstructing police business.

The 38-year-old R&B singer was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month on charges stemming from a confrontation with police during a Feb. 25 traffic stop.

Levert was arraigned Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Police said Levert and a passenger in his car intervened when authorities stopped a friend of Levert's for speeding.

The singer's lawyer, Ed Wade, said Levert is eager to clear his name.

"He's not guilty of these charges," Wade said.

Levert is the son of Eddie Levert, a founding member of The O'Jays (search), a longtime R&B group. Gerald Levert became lead singer of the trio Levert in 1985. He began his solo recording career in 1991.