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Detail arrested: Grammy-winning producer faces 15 counts of sexual assault

The Grammy award-winning music producer Detail was arrested Wednesday on more than a dozen charges of sexual assault, authorities said.

The 41-year-old producer, known for producing hits for R&B and hip-hop acts, was held on nearly $6.3m bail, according to a statement from the Los Angeles county sheriff’s department.

Detail, whose real name is Noel Christopher Fisher, was charged on 31 July with 15 counts of sexual assault and five counts of felony assault, the statement said. He is accused of crimes between 2010 and 2018.

Detectives submitted the case to the Los Angeles county district attorney’s office in January, the statement said. It didn’t provide other details.

“Mr Fisher was just arrested some hours ago and I have not had an opportunity to speak to him or look at the charges. I am quite certain he will enter a not guilty plea and contest to the fullest all of these allegations,“ his attorney, Irwin Mark Bledstein, said in an email late on Wednesday night.

Detail won a Grammy in 2015 for co-writing the Beyoncé and Jay-Z hit Drunk in Love and has also produced hits for Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, the Pussycat Dolls, Lady Gaga, T-Pain, Jennifer Lopez and Wiz Khalifa.

The producer has previously been accused of sexual harassment. Last year, a model and aspiring singer was awarded $15m in a Los Angeles lawsuit that accused the producer of abusing and raping her.

She is one of six women, some established professionals and others music-industry newcomers, who have spoken out publicly against what they said was Fisher’s sexual aggression.

Singer Jesse Reyez accused the producer in 2018 of inappropriate advances. “I didn’t know what to say or who to tell. I was scared. Fear is a real thing,” Reyez wrote on social media at the time. Pop singers Tinashe and Bebe Rexha alluded to having their own uncomfortable recording sessions with Fisher after Reyez’s allegations.

At least two women, both former assistants, have filed their own lawsuits. Fisher has said in court documents filed in those lawsuits that all the allegations against him are false, and have led to him losing all work and being evicted.

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