Chris Brown is being accused of having a photographer beaten up by his security team during a promotional event in Fort Lauderdale last week after the photographer filed a police report claiming that the “Loyal” singer’s security guard broke a $1,200 camera lens during the incident.
According to a police report filed by photographer Mychal Watts, the photographer claims that he was hired to take photos at the launch party for WizPak in Fort Lauderdale last week before allegedly being assaulted by Brown’s security team for snapping photos of Chris Brown and other celebrities in attendance at the star-studded event, Gossip Cop reports.
In his report, Watts further claims that Chris Brown, who reportedly served as a host for the event, became enraged when he discovered that the photographer was taking photos of him, R&B singer Tank, and NFL star Warren Sapp aboard a yacht for the WizPak launch party, ultimately prompting Brown to “flip out” and begin shouting obscenities at him before the singer’s security guard allegedly confronted Watts over the incident.
The report further claims that Brown shouted, “This ain’t no press release, you’re done!” before ordering one of his security guards to attack Watts over the photos. Watts’ statement also notes that Brown’s security guard shoved him so hard that it caused him to spin around and crack his $1,200 camera lens against a wall; the photographer claims to have promptly exited the launch event after the alleged encounter.
While Chris Brown has not publicly responded to Watts’ accusations, the “Grass Ain’t Greener” singer did share a photo of himself, Tank, and Sapp taken by the photographer during the event to his Instagram on Saturday, albeit neglecting to caption the photo on his social media page.https://www.instagram.com/p/BFrV2DbvpQF/?taken-by=chrisbrownofficial&hl=en
According to TMZ, Chris vehemently denies the photographer’s claims of violence, noting that his security team did not “hit anyone” before calling the story a “lie, lie, lie, lie.”
The news comes just months after Chris Brown was accused of physically assaulting a woman in a Las Vegas hotel room after the woman claimed Brown had punched her in the eye and took her cellphone for reportedly trying to snap a photo of the star during a party at The Palms Casino Resort in January.
According to E!, the woman filed a police report concerning the incident, listing Brown as a suspect for misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor battery. However, Brown’s rep later denied the woman’s accusations before explaining that Chris was planning to file a lawsuit against the woman for defamation.
“Once [the woman] was in the hallway, while waiting for Chris Brown’s security to bring out her phone, she had a total meltdown—throwing her purse to the ground and claiming that she ‘could buy everyone in the hotel’—as witnessed by numerous people waiting to get into the party,” Brown’s rep explained of the incident. “The Palms Casino Resort security also saw her wild behavior via hotel security cameras and immediately came up to the hallway to escort her out of the hotel.”
Chris Brown’s rep further revealed that the woman’s claims of having her cellphone taken and being assaulted during the party are “a complete fabrication” while adding that the woman’s statements are “completely false and not based in reality.”
Brown later addressed the accusations on Instagram, explaining that he will no longer allow “random girls” to hang out with him as a result of being falsely accused of battery before pointing out that the woman in question previously claimed to have a run-in with singer Jason Derulo after he reportedly abandoned her outside of a Hollywood nightclub, TMZ reports.
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[Photo by Mychal Watts/Getty Images]