Former Color Me Badd singer shows up in court pushing walker

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.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: November 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm •  Published: November 20, 2013
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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.

>>Read: Color Me Badd singer sought in Cleveland County (Published Oct. 17, 2013)

>>Read: Color Me Badd and Bryan Abrams part ways (Published Aug. 26, 2013)

>>Read: Bryan Abrams, Color Me Badd singer, arrested in domestic abuse case in Hawaii (Published July 22, 2010)

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.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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