Chris Brown’s rap sheet grows

Time­line of singer’s al­leged in­ci­dents.

USA TODAY US Edition - - LIFE - Yo­hana Desta and Maeve Mc­Der­mott

Al­most ten years ago, on Feb. 9, 2009, Chris Brown as­saulted his then-girl­friend Ri­hanna in a bloody at­tack on Gram­mys night, an event that would change the course of both artists’ ca­reers, and changed how the world saw Brown.

Un­til that point, Brown’s ca­reer had been near-blem­ish-free, as he built on the suc­cess of early tracks like “Run It!” and “Yo (Ex­cuse Me Miss)” with his blaz­ing 2007-2008 run of sin­gles, in­clud­ing “Kiss Kiss,” “With You” and “For­ever.” Brown seemed un­stop­pable, un­til his beat­ing of Ri­hanna re­vealed a darker side of the star, with vi­o­lent im­pulses -- which of­ten in­cluded fe­male vic­tims -- land­ing him in the head­lines, in court­rooms and oc­ca­sion­ally be­hind bars over the next decade.

Read on for a time­line of Chris Brown’s con­firmed and al­leged in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence over the course of his troubled past decade, from Gram­mys night 2009 through Jan­uary’s re­cent rape ac­cu­sa­tion in Paris.

March 2009: Brown is charged with felony as­sault af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion with then-girl­friend Ri­hanna. The in­ci­dent leaves her bloody and bruised, and pho­tos of her battered face are leaked to the pub­lic. Brown pleads guilty, is sen­tenced to serve five years pro­ba­tion and

1,400 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice. In Aug. 2013, he is as­signed an ad­di­tional

1,000 hours, to be com­pleted be­fore the end of his pro­ba­tion on Aug. 25, 2014.

March 2011: He makes head­lines for smash­ing a win­dow and storm­ing out shirt­less of the “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” stu­dios, up­set that host Robin Roberts asked about Ri­hanna dur­ing his in­ter­view. June 2012: Brown and rap­per Drake are ac­cused of prompt­ing a bot­tles­mash­ing brawl. Novem­ber 2012: Brown goes back to court for a progress re­port on his 2009 do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case and is cleared of a pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion. In ad­di­tion, he shocks fans af­ter get­ting into a vul­gar, ex­ple­tive-laden Twit­ter ex­change with co­me­dian Jenny John­son.

Jan­uary 2013: He gets into a fight with singer Frank Ocean in a park­ing lot at Hol­ly­wood’s West­lake Record­ing Stu­dios, ac­cord­ing to po­lice who were called to the scene. The fight al­legedly is sparked be­cause Brown parked his car in Ocean’s spot, with ru­mors cir­cu­lat­ing that Ocean dissed Ri­hanna and that Brown called Ocean gay slurs and threat­ened to shoot his en­tourage. In Au­gust, a mem­ber of Ocean’s en­tourage filed a law­suit against Brown. The suit was later dropped.

May 2013: Brown is charged with a hit-and-run, af­ter al­legedly crash­ing into a car, driv­ing away and re­fus­ing to pro­vide his name, driver’s li­cense and in­sur­ance info. He later turns him­self in, spend­ing about an hour in jail. He pleads not guilty and the charges are dropped in Au­gust, af­ter Brown reaches a civil com­pro­mise with the other driver.

June 2013: A 24-year-old woman ac­cuses Brown of as­sault­ing her af­ter his show at a Cal­i­for­nia night­club. Brown later tweets “I didn’t do any­thing,” but then deletes the tweet. The ac­cu­sa­tion was dropped when the night­club’s reps stood by Brown, say­ing that they never saw him “push or touch any­body.”

Oct. 27, 2013: Brown is ar­rested and charged with felony as­sault af­ter he and his body­guard al­legedly at­tacked a fan out­side of the W Ho­tel in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Septem­ber 2014: Brown pleads guilty to mis­de­meanor as­sault for his al­leged 2013 at­tack of Isaac Parker in D.C., and is sen­tenced to time served.

Jan. 2016: Las Ve­gas po­lice in­ves­ti­gate Brown for pos­si­ble mis­de­meanor bat­tery and theft charges af­ter a woman claimed Brown at­tacked her at a party in­side a ho­tel room when she tried to take a pic­ture of him on her phone. Brown is never charged.

June 2016: Brown’s ex-man­ager Michael Guir­guis sues him for al­leged as­sault, false im­pris­on­ment, in­flic­tion of emo­tional dis­tress and breach of contract, claim­ing the singer at­tacked him and sent him to the hos­pi­tal. Guir­guis would also even­tu­ally lose a bid to seize $1.5 mil­lion in as­sets from the singer for al­legedly fail­ing to pay com­mis­sion.

Au­gust 2016: Brown is ar­rested on a charge of as­sault with a deadly weapon, with a woman claim­ing that Brown had pointed a gun at her face in an in­ci­dent at Brown’s Los An­ge­les home when Brown al­legedly be­came up­set. The case is later dropped.

June 2017: Brown’s ex-girl­friend Kar­rueche Tran wins a 5-year re­strain­ing or­der against him, fol­low­ing a hear­ing where she shared threat­en­ing text and voice­mail mes­sages from Brown and tes­ti­fied that he threat­ened to “beat the (ex­ple­tive)” out of her.

May 2018: A woman sues Brown and claims she was raped at his home. She says Brown con­fis­cated her phone, and when she went to his home to re­trieve it, she claims she was forced to per­form sex acts on his male and fe­male friends and was raped mul­ti­ple by Brown’s friend. No for­mal charges re­sult from the law­suit. July 2018: Brown is ar­rested by Florida po­lice and is later re­leased on a $2,000 cash bond. Brown had an ar­rest war­rant is­sued for a felony bat­tery case from April 2017, stem­ming from an in­ci­dent in which the singer al­legedly struck a pho­tog­ra­pher in Tampa.

Jan­uary 2019: Brown is de­tained and ques­tioned in Paris af­ter a woman filed a rape com­plaint against him and two other men. Af­ter Brown and the other men were re­leased, he posted a sincedelet­ed mes­sage on In­sta­gram call­ing the ac­cuser a liar.


Chris Brown stands with his lawyer Mark Ge­garos while at­tend­ing a hear­ing in court in Los An­ge­les on Aug. 16.

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