Monday, October 24, 2011

98 Degrees boy band singer Justin Jeffre among arrested Occupy Cincinnati protesters


CINCINNATI — Former boy band singer Justin Jeffre has pleaded not guilty to trespassing after being arrested in the Occupy Cincinnati protest, part of the demonstrations over economic inequality that have spread nationwide.

Police say the member of 98 Degrees was one of 11 people arrested early Sunday at the city's Fountain Square after the 3 a.m. closing time. They also were charged with unlawful use of the square.

Jeffre tells The Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper he spent several hours in jail and it was "no fun." But he says it was the right place to be to stand up for free speech.

The 38-year-old Jeffre has been a Cincinnati political activist.