K-Ci Pleads No Contest To Lewd Conduct Charges

Singer's lawyer reportedly says his client 'regretful of what happened.'

Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey pleaded no contest Thursday to four lewd conduct charges stemming from an incident in December when he allegedly exposed himself during a Los Angeles concert.

His lawyer told the Los Angeles Times, "It was in his best interest to put this matter behind him. He's regretful of what happened. He just got caught up in the moment."

The K-Ci & JoJo singer had maintained his innocence as late as May 1 — at a K-Ci & JoJo show at New York's Beacon Theater that night, K-Ci said to the crowd, "Have you ever been falsely accused? Have you ever been falsely accused, my brother? But I'm all right. I'm all right" (see "K-Ci & JoJo Heat Things Up, But Pants Stay On").

On December 16, about 150 people fled the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball at the Shrine Auditorium and told officers that the singer had "grabbed himself at different stages of erection," according to official records (see "Police Hunt K-Ci For Allegedly Exposing Himself Onstage").

About 4,000 people, including hundreds of children, were at the show, which also featured Christina Aguilera and 98 Degrees.

Hailey, who was not present when his lawyer entered the plea, will probably receive community service when he's sentenced on June 5, the newspaper said.

K-Ci & JoJo are on tour, and will play the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan on May 9.