Singer Chris Brown has been charged with felony assault in Washington DC.
It seems whenever Brown’s name pops up in the mainstream news, tales of a poorly controlled temper are not far behind — and if accounts of the singer’s latest problem are accurate, that may again be the case.
The incident involving the “Forever” star occurred over the weekend, when Brown was approached by an overeager fan.
What happened next is a matter of debate, as there are several allegations that cast both parties in a less than positive light. It seems “photobombing” — or the practice of interrupting a photo in progress by jumping into the frame — may have caused the fracas, but it’s not quite clear exactly how the early Sunday incident went down.
Reports indicate Chris Brown and a companion were posing for a picture when a third party interrupted — perhaps in an alarming fashion, given Brown’s spotty reputation and fame.
The confrontation erupted outside the W Hotel at 15th and Pennsylvania Avenue at 4:30 AM early Sunday, when the photograph was being taken. After the stranger interrupted, Brown reportedly became combative and defensive — the AP reports:
“The altercation began after the man tried to get into a picture with Brown and two other people, according to the police report, which also quotes Brown as telling the man, ‘I’m not down with that gay sh*t’ and ‘I feel like boxing.’ The exact context of Brown’s remarks was not immediately clear… The man told police Brown punched him in the face, and police say the area around his nose was swollen and bruised. Another man stepped between them and also punched the man, identified as Isaac Parker, 20, of Beltsville, [Maryland.]”
A witness told the New York Daily News that Brown was furious after the photobombing, and said:
He just went nuts… These guys just jumped in a photo. It was a joke.”
However, sources from Chris Brown’s camp deny the claim — and further say the singer didn’t use any sort of homophobic slur during the incident.
The Brown pal explained:
“The report of the slur is total bullsh*t. There was no slur, and this whole picture thing is pure nonsense… These guys were trying to trespass on the bus.”
Chris Brown’s attorney declined to comment on the incident or the felony charge against his client. Brown remains on probation following the high-profile incident in 2009 in which he was convicted of assaulting on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna.