Chris Brown, the singer who just can’t seem to stay out of trouble, was arrested in West Palm Beach, Florida on Thursday, for allegedly sucker-punching a photographer in Tampa last year.
Police arrested Brown, 29, not long after he performed a concert - part of a nationwide tour for Brown to promote his new album - at the town’s Coral Sky Amphitheater. He was wanted on a felony battery warrant from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, according to WPTV in West Palm Beach. Police were waiting to arrest him outside the concert, TMZ reported.
The singer was released after paying a $2,000 bond. He is scheduled to perform in Tampa on Friday night, and he addressed both the upcoming performance and his arrest on Instagram, just hours after his arrest by stating, “What’s NEW [eye roll emoji] ????? Show tomorrow!!!!”
In April 2017, Brown allegedly sucker-punched a photographer for Tampa club AJA Channelside. Bennie Vines, 38, told WFTS in Tampa that Brown punched him as he was snapping photos of the after-party event. The incident was captured on camera by an attendee.
This arrest is just the latest in a series of legal troubles for the “I Don’t Die” singer. A restraining order was filed against him in June from a woman who said he stalked and hit her, according to Reuters. The dates of the incidents were not specified.
“This is sad because it’s obviously the disjointed ranting of someone Chris doesn’t know who has mental health issues,” Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos, told Page Six in a statement regarding that incident. “This just creates celebrity meet and greets with deranged fans, and perhaps the Court may want to engage their Mental Health Department.”
A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in May accused Brown of providing illicit drugs to guests and brandishing firearms at a party where a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted in February 2017. Geragos also denied that those allegations were true.
Brown was also arrested for beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. He pleaded guilty to a felony in a plea deal and served five years’ probation. In August 2016, he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly threatening another woman with a gun at his home. It’s unclear if that case was resolved. Last year, rap mogul Suge Knight dropped a lawsuit against Brown over a shooting at a West Hollywood nightclub, which Knight initially blamed on Brown's security, according to BET.
Brown settled a lawsuit in 2017 with a totally different photographer who said he battered her, according to TMZ. That same year, Brown’s ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, filed for and received a five-year restraining order against him. She claimed he hit her, threatened her life and threatened her friends.
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