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Singer Chris Brown arrested after ‘pointing gun at beauty queen in hot tub’, triggering 10-hour police stand-off

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 August, 2016, 9:06am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 September, 2016, 4:23pm

Singer Chris Brown has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Los Angeles police said, after a bizarre, 10-hour standoff with officers at his home.

LAPD officers had been called to the home at about 3am on Tuesday after receiving a 911 call claiming that he had threatened a woman at gunpoint.

But officers only entered Brown’s sprawling home shortly before 1pm to search for the weapon after taking much of the morning to obtain a search warrant, while Brown ranted on social media against the police action. Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, was on the scene as LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division detectives searched the property.

Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Bob Green had described the standoff between Brown and officers as “long and protracted.”

The search was sparked by a call for help from a woman who said the performer pointed a gun at her, police sources said.

The woman said Brown, who has had several previous run-ins with the law, threatened her during a violent rage before she ran outside to call police, according to the police sources, who were not authorised to speak publicly about the case.

If somebody put a gun to your head, what would you do? Call the police
Alleged assault victim Baylee Curran

The woman was identified by the Los Angeles Times and TMZ as Baylee Curran. She told TMZ that she and a friend went to Brown’s house on Monday night.

Curran, who was crowned Miss California Regional in a beauty pageant this year, says she was in a hot tub and was admiring the diamond necklace of a man who had been showing off his jewellery when the man got angry and told her to back away. That’s when she says Brown pulled out a gun, pointed it at her face and told her to get out.

“If somebody put a gun to your head, what would you do? Call the police,” she said on Instagram.

Officers attempted to enter the home and were told to get a search warrant, the police sources said. Detectives then waited outside for a warrant to search Brown’s home for the weapon.

Meanwhile, Brown took to his Instagram account Tuesday morning, sharing videos in which he railed against police and media and said he was being unfairly portrayed as a villain.

In the videos, he said he woke up to helicopters overhead and officers at his gate, and maintained that he was not guilty of the accusations.

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“Good luck. When you get the warrant or whatever you need to do, you’re going to walk right up in here and you’re going to see nothing, you idiots,” he said in one video. “I’m tired of … dealing with y’all.”

Prior incidents at the residence include a home-invasion robbery and multiple complaints about Brown and his friends riding all-terrain vehicles loudly up and down the street.

Brown spent six years on probation after pleading guilty to attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. His probation was lifted in March 2015.

The Grammy Award-winning singer completed about 1,000 hours of community service. He was also ordered to attend anti-domestic-violence classes.

Brown also faced charges in connection with driving without a license and accusations of a hit-and-run. In May 2014, he admitted to violating his probation after committing an assault outside a Washington hotel.

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More recently, in June, Brown’s former manager, Michael Guirguis, known as “Mike G,” filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging he was attacked by the singer.

Brown punched Guirguis four times in the face and neck in an incident on May 10, according to the complaint.

“The assault was unprovoked and, regrettably, just another attack in Brown’s long history of violent and abusive behavior,” the complaint states.

“Clearly, thus far, such extreme consequences, such as the loss of his career, court-mandated rehabilitation, and even jail time, have not deterred Brown’s conduct,” the complaint states. “Perhaps, this time, the imposition of punitive damages for his despicable and unforgivable conduct will.”

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse and Associated Press