Color Me Badd's Bryan Abrams Arrested for Attempted Assault on Bandmate as Victim Speaks Out
Bryan Abrams, a member of the band Color Me Badd, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly shoving one of his bandmates onstage during a concert
Bryan Abrams, a member of the band Color Me Badd, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly shoving one of his bandmates onstage during a concert in Waterloo, New York.
A spokesperson for the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department tells PEOPLE in a statement that “at approx. 9:15 pm, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Del Lago Casino in the Town of Tyre for an assault.”
“Deputies subsequently arrested Bryan K Abrams, age 48, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for attempted assault in the 3rd degree,” the spokesperson continued.
“It is alleged that during the concert Abrams showed a fellow band member on stage causing him to fall into some sound equipment on the floor. The victim was transported by North Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital where he was treated and released for neck and back pain.”
While the police did not identify which member of the band that was allegedly involved in the assault, TMZ — which first reported on the news — reported that the victim was Mark Calderon.
In a video of the incident posted by TMZ, Abrams can be seen walking up to Calderon while the singer addressed the audience after the group finished performing their hit song “I Wanna Sex You Up,” before shoving him to the ground. The Blast reports Abrams allegedly screamed, “I’m motherf—ing Color Me Badd!” as he pushed Calderon.
An officer tells The Blast that “alcohol was a factor” in the incident. Calderon tells the outlet that Abrams alleged drinking prior to and during shows has been “an ongoing issue” and that he hopes his longtime bandmate seeks treatment.
“He was drunk. He was intoxicated,” Calderon, 47, told TMZ. “The man needs some serious help right now. Really, he does.”
He continued, “I’ve told him before, many, many times: ‘Go get help, Bryan.’ That’s what he needs to do. And if he does that, it’ll be good. We don’t want to see anything bad happen to anybody. He needs to start with just getting help, and that’s where it needs to be right now.”
A rep for the band did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Color Me Badd formed in 1985, with an original lineup Abrams, Calderon, Sam Watters and Kevin Thornton. In 1992, they were nominated for two Grammy Awards — best new artist and best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocal for their hit song “I Wanna Sex You Up.”
The group went on to break up in 1998, before reuniting in 2010. Although the group has gone through a few different lineups over the years, Color Me Badd currently exists as a trio made up of Abrams, Calderon and Adam Emil.
According to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department, Abrams was “committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on [a] $1,000 cash / $2000 bond” and was released early Monday morning.
The singer is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 28 at 9:00 a.m. “to answer to the charge.”
Calderon told TMZ, “The police did their investigation. I gave them all the information. It’s in the prosecutor’s hands right now, so he’s going to decide on where it goes from there.”