As a publication that takes satisfaction within the in depth analysis into the (sadly) quite a few problematic people who’ve but to be banished from their respective industries—extra prominently, music and movie—and held accountable for the predatory behaviour, we couldn’t go any longer with out mentioning Chris Brown. When you thought that Drake and Machine Gun Kelly were gross, wait till you learn all there’s to know concerning the R&B singer-songwriter. We’re speaking Jared Leto-level of repulsive right here.
First issues first, let’s offer you a fast refresh on who Brown is and the way he first gained reputation. Brown is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, graffiti artist and actor. To this present day, and based on Billboard, he stays probably the most influential and profitable R&B singers ever, with a number of placing him alongside the likes of Usher and R. Kelly—oopsie, would you take a look at that, one other disgusting man. When it comes to Brown’s musical model, many would agree that his method to R&B contains a number of influences from different genres, primarily hip hop and pop music. And as anticipated in relation to the rhythm and blues class, his lyrics usually revolve predominantly round themes of intercourse, romance, ‘quick life’, need, remorse and emotional battle. Cry us a river, Christopher.
Brown went from choir boy to getting signed with Jive Information in 2004, main him to launch his self-titled debut studio album the next 12 months, which bought 154,000 copies within the first week and have become licensed triple platinum. As acknowledged on his Wikipedia page, “Together with his first single ‘Run It!’ peaking atop the Billboard Scorching 100, Brown grew to become the primary male artist since 1995 to have his debut single high the chart.”
His second album, Unique, reached a fair greater industrial success worldwide and from there, Brown’s reputation by no means diminished. All this to say that the artist, regardless of the lengthy checklist of accusations he nonetheless faces in the present day, has had his profession and popularity stay intact all as a result of critics as soon as in contrast him to Michael Jackson—main him to, very like Leto, acquire a cult-like following from his followers.
He hit Rihanna after they have been courting
Okay, this one’s in all probability the obvious piece of proof you’ve already heard of but someway managed to place apart? Don’t really feel too responsible simply but although, it looks as if mainstream society unanimously determined to take action. From 2007 to 2009, Brown dated singer and absolute icon Rihanna. Aged 19 on the time, the R&B prodigy’s public picture had been fairly clear till the vicious battle between him and Riri made headlines.
As recounted by Rolling Stone, “the evening earlier than the  Grammy Awards, the place the couple had been nominated for 2 awards every, the pair had left a pre-Grammy social gathering [in Los Angeles] and obtained right into a public altercation. Rihanna’s face and arms had been lined in seen contusions and bruises.”
Shortly after the incident, police sources instructed TMZ that after they arrived on the Hancock Park crime scene, they took photographs of the singer’s accidents, which they known as “horrific.” There have been reportedly main contusions on either side of Rihanna’s face, and her lip was break up and nostril was bloody. There was additionally “severe swelling and bruising,” in addition to a number of chew marks on her arm and a number of other fingers.
Brown was charged with battery following his former girlfriend’s hospitalisation. The photographs taken of Rihanna after the assault—for those who someway haven’t seen them already—have been described as “devastating proof of abuse.” TMZ additionally reported that Rihanna instructed the police her assailant did the injury solely together with his fists and didn’t have any weapons. Grim.
On 22 June 2009, Brown pleaded responsible to a felony and accepted a plea deal of 5 years of probation. He was additionally ordered to attend one 12 months of home violence counselling and bear six months of neighborhood service. The choose retained a five-year restraining order on Brown, which required him to stay 50 yards (45.72 metres) away from Rihanna, decreased to 10 yards at public occasions.
In September of that very same 12 months, Brown spoke about what had occurred in a pre-recorded Larry King Live interview, his first public interview on the matter. He mentioned rising up in a family together with his mom being repeatedly assaulted by his stepfather and when requested about listening to particulars of his assault on Rihanna, stated: “I’m in shock, as a result of, to begin with, that’s not who I’m as an individual and that’s not who I promise I need to be.”
That very same 12 months was the discharge of Brown’s third album, Graffiti, which was broadly thought-about to be a industrial failure compared to his earlier works. Whereas performing a Michael Jackson tribute on the 2010 BET Awards, the R&B artist began to cry and fell to his knees whereas singing ‘Man within the Mirror’. The efficiency and his ‘emotional turmoil’ resonated with a number of celebrities current on the ceremony—it was as if crying on stage was sufficient performative guilt for the trade. “He left his coronary heart on the stage. He gave real emotion. I used to be happy with him and I used to be joyful for him for having that second,” stated Trey Songz.
Later throughout the award ceremony, Brown acknowledged, “I let y’all down earlier than, however I received’t do it once more… I promise.” And guess what? He didn’t maintain his free promise… However to not fear, we’ll get into that very quickly. This perspective was short-lived nevertheless, as solely two years after being charged with battery, whereas doing an interview for Good Morning America and after being requested concerning the home abuse case, the singer reportedly stormed off the set. It was additionally alleged that he had damaged a window in his dressing room. Feeling responsible a lot?
He confronted jail over a telephone theft accusation
Whereas nonetheless on probation for assaulting Rihanna, Brown risked spending time in jail after being accused of stealing a lady’s telephone in February 2012. As reported by The Guardian on the time of the incident, the sufferer, Christal Spann, went to Miami Seashore police complaining of an altercation with Brown exterior a nightclub.
Spann claimed she snapped a photograph of the movie star as he got here out of the membership and climbed right into a black Bentley. The R&B star then “reached via his automobile window and snatched her telephone from her fingers,” based on a police report. Because the automobile pulled away, Brown allegedly sneered, “Bitch, you ain’t going to place that [photo] on no web site.”
Although Brown ended up not getting charged, this incident was but additional proof of his erratic and downright violent behaviour. However issues have been removed from over for him in relation to club-related occurrences…
He was concerned in a battle with Drake and his posse in a nightclub
In June 2012, a scuffle broke out at round 4am between Drake’s entourage and Brown’s at a New York membership known as W.I.P. A number of conflicting stories have been launched as to what brought about the battle, together with an alleged argument over Rihanna. 5 folks have been injured within the melee, together with NBA star Tony Parker, with Brown receiving a lower on the chin.
A spokesman for the NYPD additionally stated that witnesses reported listening to gunshots contained in the membership throughout the scuffle, although nobody appeared to have seen the weapon. Brown’s lawyer alleged Drake was the instigator. The ‘With You’ singer himself even tweeted concerning the incident and publicly criticised the Toronto-born rapper simply weeks later.
He then was embroiled in an altercation with Frank Ocean over a parking area
In January 2013, Los Angeles police responded to a name of six males preventing over a parking area at a recording studio, based on witnesses. Authorities didn’t title the person whom witnesses say Brown punched, however Frank Ocean ended up tweeting that it was him.
“Received jumped by Chris and a pair guys. lol. I solely want Everest was there,” Ocean wrote that evening. “Lower my finger now I can’t play w[ith] two fingers on the Grammys,” he continued. Everest is the singer-songwriter’s canine.
In line with the sheriff’s division, and as beforehand reported on CNN, the battle ended after the boys have been separated, with Brown and his camp disappearing by the point deputies arrived. Though Ocean alleged that Brown had threatened to shoot him, he stated he wouldn’t press prices.
Fellow artist Sean Kingston who was current on the scene alleged that Ocean and his cousin instigated the incident and have been at fault. Brown later sued Ocean and his cousin for the incident and the matter was ultimately settled out of court docket.
He allegedly assaulted a lady in an Orange County nightclub
On the subject of this particular accusation, it’s vital to notice that the claims made by the alleged sufferer, Deanna Gines, have been by no means confirmed to be true by the police and have been, after all, denied by the singer’s authorized staff. Brown’s consultant, Nicole Perna, instructed TMZ, “I’m unaware of the incident, as is Chris’ lawyer and his total staff. He was in an excellent temper after Powerhouse. None of this is sensible.”
Gines, who was 24 in June 2013, claimed that after seeing Brown carry out on the membership, she approached him and tried to kiss him—which is not at all okay—ensuing within the artist violently pushing her to the bottom. Gines additional instructed TMZ that she went to the hospital the place docs instructed her she had torn ligaments in her proper knee.
He had a third-degree assault report filed after forcibly ejecting a lady from his tour bus
In September 2015, a lady made allegations that steered Brown had assaulted her. In line with reporting at the time, the girl pressed prices for reportedly being thrown off of the bus. The alleged assault befell exterior a Gents’s Membership in Denver the place Brown, French Montana and Fetty Wap have been within the strategy of taking pictures a brand new music video.
The third-degree assault prices have been filed when the girl refused at hand over her cell phone on the manufacturing set in step with the shoot’s rules.
Addressing the story on Twitter, the singer tweeted:
He adopted his preliminary tweet with a second one which learn, “Let’s shine the sunshine on actual fucking criminals. Individuals on the lookout for a come up. Hilarious!” One way or the other, Brown averted dealing with the music as soon as extra.
He was accused of punching a lady within the face (and taking her telephone too)
To not make a joke out of Brown’s worrying behaviour, however we’re seeing a sample right here that primarily consists of violence in opposition to ladies and telephone grabbing. Although the artist ended up not getting charged within the alleged assault because of lack of proof, in January 2016, he was concerned in an alleged assault that occurred following the singer’s live performance in Las Vegas.
The day after his efficiency, the Las Vegas police division confirmed to The Related Press that they have been investigating Brown as a suspect in an alleged battery. Whereas the police wouldn’t focus on any particulars of the continued investigation, TMZ—with permission from the alleged sufferer—reported that the incident concerned a lady named Liziane Gutierrez.
In an announcement to Rolling Stone, Brown’s consultant denied the allegations. “Making false accusations appears to be a sample of behaviour for Ms. Gutierrez. No matter her motives, her statements are unequivocally unfaithful,” the singer’s rep stated. Heard this earlier than?
In line with Gutierrez’s model of the occasions nevertheless, as instructed to TMZ, Brown assaulted her after she snuck her cellphone into the singer’s suite and took a photograph, angering him, and main him to yell at her and punch her within the eye. Gutierrez claimed she then left the social gathering and, just a few hours later, known as the police. She didn’t search medical consideration at a hospital.
He was sued by his ex-manager for alleged assault and battery… then his tour supervisor spoke out
In August 2012, Brown started working with Mike G—actual title Michael Guirguis—who grew to become his private supervisor at a time when the singer’s profession was not at its finest. The go well with, obtained by USA TODAY, acknowledged, “nobody else was excited about Brown—after his sickening and ugly assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna and whereas Brown was on probation and in rehab (Brown was later requested to depart the rehab facility)—Mike G agreed to work as Brown’s private supervisor.”
In June 2016, Mike G filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court docket in opposition to his former shopper, claiming Brown “viciously attacked” him and that his accidents despatched him to the hospital. “Days earlier than Brown was set to depart for a much-anticipated and extremely profitable European tour, [he] turned his (drug-fueled) rage on Mike G,” the go well with additional acknowledged. “What Mike G assumed can be a run-of-the-mill dialog concerning the upcoming tour became Brown shutting [him] alone right into a room with him and brutally attacking him—punching him 4 occasions within the face and neck.”
The singer’s ex-manager sued Brown for assault, false imprisonment, intention to inflict emotional misery and breach of contract. On the time, the artist responded with an Instagram video from his tour in Europe wherein he was heard saying: “Okay, you knew it was coming… Shit is getting mad and submitting lawsuits as a result of I fired them as a result of they’re stealing cash! You’re stealing cash, pal. So. You’re mad since you’re now not existent. It’s alright. I’m going to maintain pushing. God bless you. Want you the very best of luck.”
In 2019, it was reported that Brown and Mike G had agreed to work out a deal between themselves as an alternative of going to court docket as initially deliberate. Nevertheless, following these accusations, the singer’s tour supervisor, Nancy Ghosh, additionally claimed that he had threatened an analogous assault in opposition to her and lower ties with the performer.
In line with Complex, Ghosh allegedly give up on the spot after a drug-fuelled outburst from Brown left her feeling unsafe again in Might 2016. She claimed that the supposed ‘King of R&B’ cursed her out over the phrases of her employment, which led her to leap off the tour bus and give up the job altogether.
Ghosh reportedly then emailed Brown’s total staff to clarify what went down and claimed that she felt unsafe as a result of the artist was “irrational and excessive on medication.” She additionally claimed he referenced “what he did to Mike G” and threatened to do the identical to her, which is why she determined it was in the very best curiosity of her security to get off the tour bus instantly.
He was arrested for pointing a gun at a lady
In August 2016, Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault with a lethal weapon after a lady, Baylee Curran, instructed police he had threatened her with a gun. As reported by the BBC, Curran instructed the LA Occasions that Brown had pointed the gun at her face after she had been admiring his pal’s jewelry.
The girl additionally revealed that she had gone to the singer’s home with a pal, in addition to a enterprise affiliate, on Monday night. She added that she had been admiring the diamond necklace of a person who had been displaying off his jewelry when the person obtained indignant and instructed her to again away. That’s when she claims the ‘Breezy’ artist pulled out a gun, pointed it at her face and instructed her to get out.
The subsequent day, Brown was arrested together with his lawyer later tweeting that his shopper had been freed, including that the accusations have been—you understand the drill by now—“demonstrably false.” The R&B vocalist was launched on $250,000 (£190,000) bail.
Nevertheless, Brown later sued the accuser for defamation, profitable the lawsuit after an investigation proved that the defendant dropped at court docket false and defamatory statements concerning the singer, via her incriminating textual content messages the place she stated “don’t you understand this freak Chris Brown is kicking me out of his home as a result of I known as his pal jewelry pretend are you able to come get me my Uber is messing up if not I’m going to set him up and name the cops and say that he tried to shoot me and that can educate him a lesson I’m going to set his ass up.”
He was accused of drugging and raping girl on yacht
Although the accusation got here out in January 2022, the alleged assault reportedly befell on a yacht on 30 December 2020 in Miami, Florida. As soon as once more, he took to social media to answer the intense claims, suggesting on his Instagram Story that he’s solely being sued as a result of he’s releasing new music.
“I HOPE YALL SEE THIS PATTERN… each time im releasing music or tasks,” he wrote. The lawsuit has been filed by an unidentified skilled dancer and musician who is known as solely as ‘Jane Doe’ in authorized paperwork, based on the BBC.
The paperwork element 5 separate accusations in opposition to the singer—sexual assault, violation of the Gender Violence Statute, intentional infliction of emotional misery, negligent infliction of emotional misery and false imprisonment. Any of those sound acquainted?
The sufferer claims she now “fears for her life and profession” following an invite to a yacht at a property owned by rapper and producer Diddy, the place the alleged incident is alleged to have taken place. She went on to state in court docket paperwork that she was provided drinks by Brown after arriving, and later felt “a sudden, unexplained change in consciousness.”
She grew to become “disoriented, bodily unstable, and began to fall out and in of sleep,” earlier than being led to a bed room the place Brown allegedly undressed and raped her. The singer is alleged to have contacted the girl the next day, telling her to take an emergency contraceptive. This actually wasn’t the primary time the Grammy winner has confronted such an accusation.
In January 2019, the artist was launched with out cost in Paris, France after being questioned on suspicion of rape. The star and two different males had been arrested after a 24-year-old girl alleged she was assaulted in a lodge within the metropolis earlier that month. After his launch, Brown denied as soon as extra any wrongdoing on Instagram.
What number of extra accusations will it take for the trade to lastly deglorify Brown?
Even when it seems true that just a few of the various accusations listed simply above have been unfounded, the easy incontrovertible fact that the artist has such a protracted historical past of violence in the direction of ladies is sufficient to justify simply how pressing it’s for the music trade to understand Brown should face repercussions for his actions.
Ever since his assault on Rihanna, Brown has been tied to a protracted checklist of alleged assaults and violent incidents. To not point out his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran was granted a restraining order against him citing bodily violence throughout their relationship and menacing behaviour after their break up, together with threatening to kill her.
How does somebody with a number of alleged violent assaults in opposition to each intimate companions and full strangers proceed to be broadly celebrated by followers and different artists? Certain, the person advantages from costly authorized illustration in addition to a disaster administration staff and influential allies. However whereas celebrities are good targets for many who need to see the wealthy and well-known punished for his or her crimes, too usually, we’ve come to understand that particular personalities aren’t handled like the remainder of those within the public eye.
As we begin to witness a sluggish but rising on-line motion calling for Leto’s predatory behaviour to be uncovered, we hope the identical mild will lastly be shed on Brown’s historical past of violence.