Tuesday 12 December 2017

Rapper Chris Brown held after standoff

Singer Chris Brown: arrested on suspicion of assault. Photo: Reuters
Singer Chris Brown: arrested on suspicion of assault. Photo: Reuters

Derrik Lang

Troubled rapper Chris Brown was arrested yesterday on suspicion of assaulting a woman following a bizarre, hours-long standoff with police at his home.

The 'No Air' and 'Kiss Kiss' singer was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman called for help from a gathering at his home.

He was released from jail late on Tuesday night after posting $250,000 (€224,500) bail, according to Los Angeles County jail records.

The arrest, which occurred outside the view of several news helicopters that swirled overhead and throngs of camera crews gathered at the bottom of Brown's hilltop estate, marked the conclusion of a nearly 14-hour-long standoff and investigation by police.

Los Angeles police spokesman Lt Chris Ramirez said officers first responded to Brown's property in the Tarzana neighbourhood of Los Angeles around 3am. He did not identify the woman, elaborate on the assistance she needed, or know if she was injured.

However, model Baylee Curran told the 'Los Angeles Times' that Brown pointed a gun at her face. She said Brown and another man became angry with her when she admired the man's diamond necklace. Curran said she and her friend ran outside as one of Brown's associates gave chase, and hid under a neighbour's SUV.

The model, who hasn't responded to requests for comment, also told TMZ she's visited Brown's home in the past and never encountered any trouble.

Brown later posted rambling messages on social media on Tuesday morning proclaiming his innocence and rebuffing reports that he barricaded himself in his "palace."

"Y'all gonna stop playing with me like I'm the villain out here, like I'm going crazy," he said in one Instagram video, waving a cigarette and looking at the camera.

"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."

Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, arrived at the house before police served a search warrant around 1pm. Geragos stayed on the property until about 5pm, when Brown was taken for booking downtown.

"Chris is out and well. The allegations against him are demonstrably false," Geragos posted on Twitter after the singer posted bail.

The incident is the latest in a series of missteps for Brown, who has been in repeated legal trouble since his felony conviction in the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, ahead of the Grammys. Last year, he completed his probation in that case.

Irish Independent

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