The controversial singer is being investigated for a possible assault in West Hollywood, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department confirms. The incident stemmed from an argument with fellow singer Frank Ocean over a parking spot outside a recording studio.
Police responded to a call stating that six men were fighting outside the Westlake Recording Studio on Sunday. While the scene was clear when police arrived, the investigation determined that “the altercation allegedly led to Chris Brown punching the victim,” the department said in a statement released Monday.
While the victim’s name wasn’t released by police, Ocean says he was injured by Brown, 23. “Got jumped by Chris and a couple guys,” the “Thinkin Bout You” singer, 25, tweeted on Sunday night. While he made light of the situation with a “lol,” Ocean – who is up for six Grammys on February 10 – noted, “Cut my finger now I can’t play w two hands at the grammys.
An unnamed source told TMZ that as Brown was exiting parking lot after listening to a new track by an artist he represents, Ocean and his pals blocked the exit. “This is my studio, this is my parking spot,” Ocean, who came out as a gay man in July, reportedly said to Brown. When Brown went to shake Ocean’s hand, a fight broke out.
Brown and Ocean have a history of drama. In 2011, they had a war of words over Twitter when Ocean thought Brown insulted his singing abilities.
Brown posted a photo — showing him working in the studio — on Monday. (Instagram)Brown seemed to address the new drama with Ocean in a post on Instagram that went up Monday morning. “Working on my album. Not working on negativity,” he wrote along with a photo showing him in the studio the day before. “Focus on feeding ya family. Bulls–t will forever be in the shadows.
Of course, talk of Brown allegedly assaulting a singer prior to the Grammys will make many people flashback to his violent attack of his on-again girlfriend Rihanna following a pre-Grammys party in 2009. He later pled guilty to felony assault charges.
Brown is still on supervised probation for the Rihanna assault, so he could face a probation violation if he is convicted of this new charge. He’s already on thin ice with the judge, who gave him a talking to in November after he failed a mandatory drug test.
This isn’t the only assault drama Brown has been involved with. In June, he was injured in a fight with hip-hop rival Drake and their entourages at a New York City nightclub. Brown fled the scene before police arrived during that incident as well. Ultimately, there was not enough evidence to criminally charge either star.