Jowell & Randy’s Randy Ortiz Acevedo Arrested in Puerto Rico on Domestic Violence Charges

Authorities in Puerto Rico arrested Randy Ortiz Acevedo of the popular reggaeton duo Jowell and Randy on domestic violence charges after a judge on Monday (January 9) ruled there was sufficient evidence against the singer.

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Ortiz, who is not required to enter a plea yet, was being held on $15,000 bail, prosecutor Anthony Oyola told reporters. A publicist for Ortiz did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Oyola said the charges stem from a January. 7 the incident but declined to provide further details as it is a domestic violence case. He only added that Ortiz’s mother testified on behalf of the singer before he was charged.

Jowell & Randy are considered reggaeton pioneers who began their career 20 years ago. In October, the group released their first new music since 2020’s pandemic-inspired “Se Acab√≥ la Cuarentena” featuring Kiko el Crazy when they dropped “Toro.”

Produced by Subelo Neo and composed by Mora, ultra-perreo was a distillation of the essence of the Puerto Rican duo. “We feel the responsibility to ‘romper la calle’ very strongly,” Jowell told Billboard back then. “We can’t play around being experimental and bringing concepts that aren’t the sound people expect from us.”

The pair said they had recorded enough songs for three follow-up albums into the 2020s Viva El Perreo, which peaked at No. 5 on the Top Latin Albums chart; at press time, the album’s release date had not yet been announced.

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