Singer Chris Brown arrested as he leaves stage for ‘beating up photographer in nightclub’

The performer was charged with felony battery based on an outstanding warrant from 2017

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 July, 2018, 12:33am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 July, 2018, 7:56pm

Singer Chris Brown was arrested and charged with felony battery after a concert in West Palm Beach, Florida, police officials said on Friday - in what is only his latest brush with the law.

Brown was taken into custody by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies for an outstanding warrant around 11pm on Thursday, just after his Coral Sky Amphitheatre show had wrapped up, according to jail records.

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The warrant was from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and stemmed from an April 2017 incident in which Brown reportedly attacked a photographer at a Tampa’s Aja Channelside nightclub.

Brown was booked on a charge of felony battery and released after he posted a US$2,000 bond, the sheriff’s office said.

The singer was expected to return to Tampa on Friday for a concert as part of his tour, which is scheduled to continue through early August.

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A photo posted to the singer’s Instagram account early Friday morning was captioned “Show tomorrow!!!!”

Brown, 29, has a lengthy history of legal troubles, including a domestic violence arrest in 2009 after beating up his then-girlfriend Rihanna before the Grammys award show, a 2013 hit-and-run and a 2016 arrest for assault with a deadly weapon after a stand-off with the police in Los Angeles.

In 2014, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanour assault for punching a fan who had attempted to take a picture with him outside the W Hotel in Washington.

Brown was discovered by record label scouts when he was a boy working at his father’s service station in Virginia. He quickly found success with his rich singing voice, but he has been in the news more often in recent years for his legal troubles.

A representative for Brown did not immediately return a request for comment.