LOS ANGELES - El DeBarge was arrested over the weekend for investigation of domestic violence, authorities said Wednesday.
DeBarge, 46, whose real first name is Eldra, was arrested Sunday in Lancaster, said Deputy Eric Eitner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Details surrounding the arrest weren't released.
The R&B singer was being held without bail because he had two previous warrants for his arrest in narcotics cases, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Tony Moore.
A representative for DeBarge couldn't immediately be found for comment.
The singer led the family band Debarge in the '80s before going solo. The group was known for hits such as "Who's Holding Donna Now?" and "Rhythm of the Night."
DeBarge was arrested in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1996 and ordered to pay back child support for his daughter. Ten years earlier, the Michigan native pleaded no contest in Grand Rapids to a charge of creating a disturbance after a college student accused him of assaulting her.
Three of his brothers — Chico, Robert and Thomas — have served jail time on cocaine-related convictions.