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Jodeci’s Devante Swing Arrested for Trashing Subway Eatery

By Ruth Manuel-Logan on Nov 12th 2010 9:58AM

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Online celeb tattler TMZ reports that Devante Swing, a former heartthrob and member of the R&B group Jodeci, was arrested last weekend for drunken behavior at a Burbank, Calif., Subway restaurant.

Swing, whose real name is Donald DeGrate Jr. (pictured below at the forefront in his heyday), was a tad unruly at the popular eatery chain. Reportedly, he was haphazardly bumping in to tables, repeatedly falling on the floor and knocking over chairs and just being a general nuisance. Patrons were annoyed by the singer’s display and one of them alerted police to Swing’s drunken antics.

When police arrived on the scene, they arrested the 41-year-old and took him to a local jail to sober up, and hours later, he did. Swing was released from jail at around 11 p.m. and was not charged with a crime.

The ’90s-era Jodeci was formed by Swing. The members consisted of two sets of brothers, Swing and his sibling, Dalvin DeGrate, and Cedric “K-Ci” and Joel “Jo-Jo” Hailey. Jodeci went on to achieve much success with quite an impressive number of chart-toppers and platinum albums.

The group went on hiatus at the end of the nineties, but the Hailey brothers continued to perform under the name “K-Ci & Jo-Jo” and reaped success of their own. Jodeci reunited last year to record the ballad “Knockin Your Heels” with ’90s R&B group H-Town.

Swing, who has a gifted eye for talent, managed to sign artists, such as Missy Elliot, Timbaland and Ginuwine, to his record label. He plans on releasing his own album, “Swingin’,” in the not-too-distant future.

Watch Devante Swing play the piano here:

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