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Successful singer-songwriter and pop record producer The-Dream turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning and was charged with assault for beating his then-girlfriend, Lydia Nam, during an argument that happened two years ago at the Plaza Hotel in New York, according to the New York Daily News.
Nam, 29, alleges that The-Dream, whose real name is Terius Nash, choked and punched her in the stomach. Nam was eight months pregnant at the time. Nash faces charges including assault, strangulation, acting in a manner injurious to a child and reckless endangerment, said officials. He will most likely be arraigned on Wednesday evening in the Manhattan Criminal Court.
Though the alleged events took place on April 4, 2012, Nam did not report the happenings until November 2013.
Nash is the brains behind many contemporary smash-hits. The 36-year-old penned Rihanna's breakthrough song "Umbrella", was part of the team that wrote Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," and has worked with superstars such as Justin Bieber and Britney Spears.
The producer was previously married to singer Christina Milian, with whom he has a child. The pair split after photos surfaced of Nash cozying up to his assistant in the Caribbean. He said he was so distraught after the break-up that he considered suicide, and it's speculated that his song "Too Early" was written about Milian.
Scandal star Columbus Short found himself in a similar situation earlier this year, when his wife made accusations of violent abuse as well. Short was arrested in April after his wife, Tanee McCall-Short, gave a sworn statement saying that the actor had choked her and threatened to kill her with a knife. Short has since confirmed that his contract was not renewed with ABC and he will not be returning to the hit show.
For now, Nash is maintaining his innocence via a statement given by his rep this afternoon, according to the Daily Mail. "He is innocent of the charges filed against him today, and we are confident that when this case is concluded and all the evidence has been reviewed, it will be clear that he is innocent," the representative said.
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