News: Da Band Star Says Husband Cut Himself, Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charges

Tuesday, Sep 1, 2009 6:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Diddy's former Da Band singer, Sara Stokes, has reportedly pleaded not guilty to assault charges against her husband and said all injuries were a result of him cutting himself.

Stokes appeared in a California court and denied accusations of an attack against her husband.

The former MTV reality star pled not guilty to assault with a deadly weapon Friday morning in Riverside County Court in California. It's unclear what exactly happened between Sara and her husband last month, because we've been told two completely different versions of what actually went down. Sara claims her husband accidentally cut himself in the sink -- while cops believe she went on a stabbing frenzy after the two got into a verbal altercation. (TMZ)

Police reports said Stokes allegedly stabbed her husband during an argument on August 2.

The former singer from Diddy's MTV reality show "Making the Band 2" has once again made the cut -- but cops say this time Sara Stokes was using a knife ... to stab her own husband. Sara stormed out of the house after arguing with husband Tony -- she tripped, fell down and accused him of doing it. We're told Sara -- who hurt her head in the fall -- grabbed a knife and stabbed Tony in the arm -- while their 3 kids watched. Paramedics and cops came and Stokes was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence. The D.A. is deciding whether to charge her. (Contact Music)

The singer won her way to making the final cut in Diddy's "Making The Band 2" and was featured on Da Band's debut album.

For several weeks, the contestants were subject to difficult tasks, including walking from Midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn to purchase cheesecake for Diddy and aspiring rapper Ness' battle with Harlem MC Jae Millz. The finalists named themselves Da Band. Their debut album, Too Hot for TV, was released in September of 2003. First Single: "Bad Boy This, Bad Boy That" Second and final single: "Tonight." The album managed to certify gold selling 600,000 copies. (MTV)

The group was formally put together in 2003 and assembled by Puff.

Out of a 40,000-strong field of aspiring vocalists and rappers, six people became the focus of MTV's "Making the Band" series during 2003. Babs (Lynese Wiley), Dylan (Dylan John), Freddrick (Frederick Watson), Ness (Lloyd Mathis), Sara (Sara Stokes), and Young City (Rodney "Chopper" Hill) were handpicked to become part of P. Diddy's Bad Boy empire. The group's debut album, 2003's Too Hot for T.V., was prefaced with a season's worth of drama-filled "Making the Band" episodes, which documented the cheesecake runs, in-fighting, and recording sessions that led up to its release. (All Music Guide)

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