NORMAN — Former Color Me Badd front man Bryan Abrams — pushing a walker and looking far different from his glory days in the early 1990s — had his domestic violence case continued Wednesday morning in Cleveland County District Court.
Until Oct. 17, Abrams had been a wanted man in Cleveland County for not complying with the terms of his probation, which included court-ordered counseling and community service.
Abrams, an Oklahoma City native, pleaded guilty to one count of domestic abuse in April 2012. He was ordered to perform community service and get counseling for domestic abuse and substance abuse issues.
An arrest warrant was issued for Abrams in February for failing to comply with court orders. He appeared in court Oct. 17, the same day a story ran in The Oklahoman detailing the circumstances surrounding the arrest warrant.
Matt Swain, a Norman attorney representing Abrams in court, said his client has not fulfilled the terms of his probation because Abrams has been plagued by health problems over the past few years.
Swain said his client has been trying to lose weight and recently had hip surgery, which requires him to use a walker.
“But he wanted everyone to know that he's sober, he's trying to get his life back together right now,” Swain said. “The health problems he's had ... have kind of derailed his life.”
Abrams used the walker in court — in front of the judge — but he ran up the stairs after leaving the courtroom, picking the walker up and carrying it up the stairs. He picked the walker up a second time after he spotted a news photographer waiting for him to exit the courthouse.
Abrams also posted a comment about his health on Twitter last week. The comment was posted five days before his court appearance.
“Just wanna let you know as of today, I am walking with no cane, no limp & NO PAIN!! Oh it's on now!” he wrote.
Swain said Abrams is due back in court in January, at which point a judge will decide what's next for the former star.
“He's going to continue his counseling, he's got court costs to pay and community service still to do,” Swain said. “We're hopeful he can make progress between now and January.”
Since June 2006, Abrams has been charged with domestic abuse four times. Twice, the case against Abrams was dismissed. He pleaded guilty to beating his wife in 2007 and was placed on probation for two years.
Abrams also was arrested for drunken driving in December 2005, pleading guilty in Oklahoma County.
In the most recent case, filed in January 2012, Abrams was accused of punching his wife in the face during an argument at their south Oklahoma City home.
The woman, identified as Kimberly Frazier in court records, said she was “also hit in several places that caused injuries to her neck and thigh.”
The affidavit claims Abrams was involved in “12 prior domestic cases dating back to 2005.”
“OCPD (Oklahoma City Police Department) has pictures of Kimberly's injuries upon arrival of the police,” the affidavit states. “OCPD also has the 911 call of Kimberly's frantic voice saying she was assaulted by her husband.”
Along with three other Oklahoma City residents, Abrams was a founding member of Color Me Badd, which rose to stardom in the early 1990s with hits like “I Adore Mi Amor” and “All 4 Love.”
Color Me Badd's debut album sold millions of copies and their song “I Wanna Sex You Up” was featured in the film “New Jack City” during a love scene.
The group's mainstream success was short-lived, however, and media reports and court records show Abrams has struggled for much of the past 15 years.
In recent years, Abrams appeared on a reality show that put former boy band members back together to try and write new songs.
The reality show was canceled after seven episodes.