Chris Brown is in legal trouble again. As he said himself, what’s new?
The 29-year-old singer was detained in Florida on Thursday on an outstanding out-of-county felony battery warrant from 2017 and released from jail after less than an hour after posting a $2,000 bond. The warrant had been issued after photographer reported to police that Brown had punched him during a paid club appearance.
E! News had reported at the time that the alleged victim, Bennie L. Vines, suffered a busted lip after the incident, which took place at Club Aja in Tampa. Vines, who works for the venue, said Brown “sucker punched” him for allegedly taking photos and that the singer left the scene by the time police arrived.
After his arrest, Brown posted on Instagram, “What’s NEW????? Show tomorrow!!!!”
From his infamous assault of Rihanna to restraining orders to probation violations, the singer has had a turbulent last few years. Here is a timeline of the singer’s past arrests and other legal issues:
Brown, then 19, is arrested for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna, then 20, during a confrontation the morning before the Grammys. Both nixed their scheduled appearances at the award show. A probation officer’s report filed for his sentencing showed that Brown was involved in two previous domestic violence incidents with Rihanna in months prior to the arrest, in Europe and in Barbados.
“I remember she tried to kick me, just like her beating s–t, but then I really hit her. With a closed fist, like I punched her and it busted her lip. And when I saw it I was in shock, I was like, f–k why did I hit her like that?” Brown said in his 2017 documentary Welcome to My Life: The Official Chris Brown Documentary.
Brown added, “I went from being on top of the world, No. 1 songs, being kind of like America’s sweetheart to being Public Enemy No. 1. I felt like a f–king monster. I was thinking about suicide, I wasn’t sleeping, I barely ate.”
Brown pleads guilty to one count of assault with the intent of doing great bodily injury in connection with his February confrontation with Rihanna, as part of a plea deal.
Brown is sentenced to five years of probation for his assault of Rihanna, and is also ordered to complete 180 days of community labor and a one-year anti-domestic violence program. Rihanna meanwhile obtains a restraining order against Brown.
Brown completes his court-mandated anti-domestic violence course.
Rihanna’s lawyer tells E! News that she has agreed to allow the current restraining order against Brown to be bumped down to a level one, which would mean that the two would be allowed to contact each other as long as he doesn’t harass or annoy her.
Brown has a meltdown in his dressing room following an interview on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts, during which she asked him about his assault of Rihanna. He later apologizes, saying in a different interview that he had to “let off steam.”
Police investigate a New York City club fight that allegedly broke out between Brown and Drake, a friend of Rihanna, and their entourages. Brown is one of five people injured. He later alludes to the brawl and to Drake in a diss track. Brown and Rihanna, meanwhile, continue to date on and off until 2013.
Brown is accused of snatching a woman’s cell phone after she allegedly tried to take his photo outside a Miami club. The case is later dismissed.
Brown is accused of assaulting a woman at a San Diego nightclub. She tells police he pushed her in the VIP section and later filed a lawsuit against him.