RnB singer Chris Brown is in new trouble with the law. This time he is accused of assaulting a woman with a deadly weapon. Brown was arrested after a 14-hour standoff and was released on $250,000 (N$3.5 million) bail on Tuesday night. Brown says he is innocent.
The incident began early Tuesday when the LAPD received a 911 call about a woman claiming she had been threatened by the performer, police said. Officers arrived in the afternoon at his estate home in Los Angeles’ Corbin Avenue.
The woman, 24-year old Baylee Curran, has told LA Times that Brown pointed a gun at her during a violent rage before she ran outside. Curran said she and a friend went to Brown’s home with a business associate, who was invited by the musician. She wanted to talk to Brown about future projects, she said.
Inside the home, a few people were milling about and talking, she recounted. She eventually went to Brown’s backyard to get some fresh air. Her confrontation with the musician erupted soon after she walked back into the house, she said.
A man was showcasing diamond bracelets, necklaces and watches inside the home, and Curran said she was admiring the jewelry.
“I don’t know if it was Chris’ friend or how he was related, but that’s when he told me to back away from the diamond necklace and started cussing me out and calling me names,” she said. “That’s when Chris pulled his gun and told me to ‘Get out,’ he said. ‘I’m sick of you girls, get the … out!’”
Now the woman’s version and credibility has been called into question after an alleged text from Curran to a friend said she was going to set the singer up. Curran denies she sent the text, and the guy who allegedly received it says he hasn’t talked to her since 2015.
Gossip site TMZ has reported that they have a copy of a text exchange between the former beauty queen Curran and a man named Safari. According to the site the text reads, in part: reportedly reads: “Hey safari don’t you know this freak Chris brown is kicking me out of his house… I’m going to set him up and call the cops and say that he tried to shoot me and that will teach him a lesson I’m going to set his ass up” (sic).
Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos reportedly has the text in question. Curran had reportedly told TMZ she never sent the text.
Curran has also narrated the same version of alleged attack to E! News, and said she has hung out with Chris “several times before” without incident.
When asked if his finger was on the trigger, Curran tells us, “I do believe so, that’s what made me think he was going to shoot,” and states the gun was pointed at her face.
“I really do understand [why people think I’m doing it for publicity]…I don’t understand why he’s the victim now. Obviously he has a lot of support, a lot of fans who are going to back him up. I’m just some random girl that wants to be in the limelight. Although if I wanted the limelight in fame, I wouldn’t have done it this way,” Curran told E! News.
According to multiple media reports, Curran was alleged to be involved in a theft of a luxury handbag in 2013, along with a wallet and cash inside. She denied the accusations. Curran was also reportedly stripped of her title in July as 2016 Miss California Regional State for breach of contract.
However Curran stand by her story, telling LA Times that after being pointed a gun she fled outside with a friend, but they were forced to wait by the home’s gate until Brown’s associates retrieved her phone — which she had to hand over as a condition of entering the residence, she said. One of Brown’s associates walked over with the phone but said he’d return it only if she signed a nondisclosure agreement, she said.
Curran said she refused, snatched her phone from the man’s hand and ran away. The man ran to a Jeep to give chase, but Curran and her friend escaped to a neighbor’s property and hid under an SUV when the Jeep drove by, she said. The neighbor contacted police.
When officers arrived, they were instructed to obtain a search warrant. As detectives waited for the warrant, Brown shared videos on his Instagram account, praising his own talents as both a performer and father, and criticizing the media for portraying him as a villain.
In the videos, he said he woke up to helicopters overhead and officers at his gate, and maintained that he was not guilty of the accusations.
“Good luck. When you get the warrant or whatever you need to do, you’re going to walk right up in here and you’re going to see nothing, you idiots,” he said in one video, occasionally taking a drag of a cigarette. “I’m tired of … dealing with y’all.”
Detectives eventually entered the residence and at least half a dozen people exited the home, a few of them holding their hands behind their heads as police patted them down.
“We’re getting the cooperation of everyone that came out,” said Lt. Chris Ramirez, an LAPD spokesman.
Mark Geragos, Brown’s longtime attorney, told LA Times that during the search of the home, he was with the singer, who denies any wrongdoing. Brown is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on September 20, according to jail records. He has not been formally charged. It is common for prosecutors to announce a decision on whether to file charges close to the date of arraignment.
This isn’t the first time police have been called to Brown’s residence. According to KABC, Brown’s been visited by the police five times in the past year due to various disturbance of the peace complaints.
Brown was sentenced to five years of probation in 2009 for hitting then-girlfriend Rihanna. His probation ended in 2015.
In 2013, Brown struck a man outside a Washington hotel and was charged with misdemeanor assault. The singer was ordered into rehab but was dismissed from the facility for violating its rules. He spent two and a half months in custody, with U.S. marshals shuttling him between Los Angeles and the nation’s capital for court hearings.
In another incident while in treatment, Brown allegedly threw a brick at his mother’s car following a counselling session. This was after Brown had completed court-ordered anger management classes.
In January, a Las Vegas woman alleged that Brown hit her and took her cellphone. Police investigated but did not find evidence to file charges. –Compiled from Los Angeles Times, TMZ, E! News, FoxNews and AP.