Chris Brown Released On $250K Bail Following Police Standoff
Chris Brown has been released on $250,000 bail following his arrest for assault with a deadly weapon. The 27-year-old singer posted bail late Tuesday night following an intense, 14-hour-long standoff with police.
Brown’s legal problems began when police responded to a call at his multi-million dollar Tarzana, California, home around 3 a.m. When police approached Brown to investigate, the artist told them that they would need to return with a warrant for him to comply with the police.
A search warrant was eventually issued Tuesday afternoon, but when police returned, Brown refused to leave his house and engaged in a stand-off with police for more than 12 hours. While Brown was locked in his home, he made a series of since-deleted Instagram videos trashing the police and proclaiming his innocence.
E! News reports that in one video, Brown thinks that he’s been set up because of his past and his status in popular culture.
In the Instagram video, the singer said, “Y’all, every three months you get tired of me right? You gotta be. Every three months y’all come up with something, bro. What is it? What’s going to be next? Imma fart an elephant? C’mon, my n***a. But at the same time when I call the police for stalker people that are endangering my life they don’t come till the next day, let somebody make a f**ked up allegation about me, and oh! You get a whole f**king SWAT team. My n***a, I’m innocent. F**k everybody in this s**t.”The police responded after 24-year-old model and former Miss California regional title holder Baylee Curran claimed Brown threatened her with a gun at his house on Tuesday morning. The altercation began when Curran examined a diamond necklace that someone on Brown’s estate was selling.
According to Curran, both Brown and his friend became agitated and threatened her with a gun. The model said she had hung out with Brown before, but this is the first time he had ever gotten violent.
CNN reports that Brown’s accuser was stripped of her Miss California title in July due to unspecified “erratic behavior.”
Joshua James, a spokesperson for the Miss California Regional pageant, said, “She is not the current title holder. She was stripped of her crown… there were some incidents that we had to investigate, that she was displaying erratic behavior. We can’t go into detail on those matters.”
The validity of Curran’s claims have not yet been investigated by police, but Brown has maintained a relatively clean record since his 2009 assault and conviction of pop star Rihanna.
After Brown’s felony assault conviction against Rihanna, the singer was given five years probation. After he broke his probation in 2013, a judge sent him to rehab instead of sentencing him to jail time.
Despite their tumultuous relationship, Rihanna allegedly texted Brown during his stand-off with police out of concern for her ex-boyfriend and the future well-being of his daughter, Royalty.
It’s been quite a few years since Brown has had any more serious run-ins with the law. Although the singer has maintained his inflammatory persona in public life, including suing his former manager this year, he has also had a child and continued to release new music.After the “Loyal” singer was released, his attorney, Mark Geragos, tweeted, “Chris is out and well. The allegations against him are demonstrably false #TeamBreezy.”
This comes as added backing after artists like Ray J, Rihanna, and Bruno Mars tweeted or expressed support for the recently arrested singer.
Brown is scheduled to make his first court appearance for the August 30 charges on September 20 at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California.
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