Singer Chris Brown freed after standoff with police

By AFP August 31, 2016 08:43

Singer Chris Brown freed after standoff with police

Police arrested Brown on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, after an hours-long standoff on Tuesday.  He was freed on $250,000 bail at 11:19 pm local time (0619 GMT Wednesday), according to Los Angeles County jail records.

“Chris is out and well,” Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos tweeted a short time later.

“The allegations against him are demonstrably false.”

The Los Angeles Police Department earlier said that officers from the homicide and robbery division, which deals with celebrity cases, headed to Brown’s palatial home after the woman called for help at 3:11 am on Tuesday.

Brown, 27, took to social media to deny wrongdoing, daring police to get a search warrant to enter his home in a series of videos posted on Instagram.

“Barricaded myself in my house,” the pop star said in the online post. “I’m not coming out — for what?” said Brown, in a video post broadcast on US television and shared countless times online.

“When you all get the warrant or whatever you need, you’re gonna walk right up in here and see nothing, you idiots,” Brown says on Instagram.

After the lengthy standoff, police by early afternoon had obtained a search warrant and entered the singer’s home.

Baylee Curran, who was crowned Miss California Regional in a beauty pageant this year, identified herself as the caller as she also took to Instagram.

She also spoke to the Los Angeles Times, saying she and a friend went into a hot tub at Brown’s house and that the singer became angry when she admired the jewelry of a member of his entourage. She said she fled in fear, then refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement before she escaped from Brown’s house.

The gossip website TMZ reported that Brown had thrown a duffle bag out of a window and that police had recovered a gun as well as drugs. Police have not confirmed the report.

The R&B singer, who topped the US singles chart with “Run It!” and “Kiss Kiss,” has had years of run-ins with the law.

Most notoriously, he was convicted of beating then-girlfriend Rihanna before the 2009 Grammy Awards, forcing the pop singer to miss the music industry’s annual gala. He is set to be arraigned in court on September 20.

The incident comes with Brown scheduled later this week to open an international tour, with the first date scheduled for Curacao this Friday, and appearances planned in Japan at the end of next month.


By AFP August 31, 2016 08:43