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Christopher Maurice Brown (born: May 5, 1989 ) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and rapper, who performs the genres rap, pop, hip hop, and R&B. Since he began his career in 2002, he's released a total of ten studio albums, including Chris Brown, (2005), Exclusive, (2007), Graffitti, (2009), F.A.M.E., (2011), Fortune, (2012), X, (2014), Royalty, (2015), Heartbreak on a Full Moon, (2017), Indigo, (2019), and Breezy, (2021), one collaborative album, Fan of a Fan: The Album (with Tyga), (2015), nine mixtapes, which included In My Zone (Rhythm & Streets) (hosted by DJ Drama), (2010), Fan of a Fan (with Tyga), (2010), In My Zone 2 (hosted by DJ Drama), (2010), Boy in Detention, (2011), X Files, (2013), Before the Party, (2015), Before the Trap: Nights in Tarzana (with OHB), (2016), Attack the Block (with OHB and Section Boyz), (2016), and Slime & B (with Young Thug), (2020), and one extended play, which was Royalty International – EP, (2015).
On February 8, 2009, about 30 minutes after midnight, Brown and Rihanna got into an argument, which escalated into violence. Rihanna suffered facial injuries and was admitted to the hospital. Brown turned himself in to authorities later in the same day at around 6:30 P.M. PST. Brown was then arrested for assault and criminal threats. In response to his recent actions, commercials and TV shows featuring Brown were suspended. In addition, his music was suspended on multiple radio stations. He also had to withdraw from the 2009 Grammy Awards.
On June 22, 2009, after a three-month trial, Brown was found guilty of felony assault and criminal threats. On August 25, 2009, he received five years of probation. He was ordered to undergo six months of community service and one year of domestic violence counseling. A judge issued a restraining order, meaning that Brown could not be around Rihanna within a 50-yard radius, which applied for five years.
On June 14, 2012, Brown was involved in a brawl with Drake and his entourage at a nightclub in New York City. The ensuing brawl consisted of eight individuals, including Brown, which resulted in a flying piece of shattered glass penetrating the eye of former NBA player Tony Parker, who later underwent surgery. Neither Brown nor Drake were arrested for this incident.
In January 2013, Brown was involved in an altercation with Frank Ocean over a parking space outside a recording studio in West Hollywood. Police in Los Angeles revealed that Brown was under investigation, describing the incident as a simple battery due to Brown allegedly punching Ocean. Although Ocean alleged that Brown had threatened to shoot him, he said that he would not press any charges.
On October 30, 2013, Brown voluntarily decided to enter rehab. After completing 90 days, a federal judge ordered Brown to remain at the treatment facility until a hearing on April 23, 2014. If Brown left rehab before the hearing, we would have went directly to jail. But on March 14, 2014, Brown was removed from rehab and sent to jail for violating the internal rules. He was granted an early release from jail on June 2, 2014 as the jail overcrowded with newer inmates. He was originally slated to serve a year in custody, but was credited with 234 days served. It was later revealed that Brown was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder at an unnamed facility.
On August 30, 2016, a woman called the police to report that Brown had threatened her with a gun inside his house. Due to his previous felony assault conviction, Brown was not permitted to legally carry any weapons or firearms. Police were summoned to the scene, but Brown denied them entry without a warrant. When they returned with a warrant, Brown still denied them entry. Brown was arrested and released from jail on a $250,000 bond. Charges were later dropped after prosecutors declined to arraign Brown on the felony charges. Brown later sued the accuser for defamation, prevailing in the lawsuit, after an investigation revealed that the defendant brought to court false and defamatory statements about Brown.
On July 6, 2018, Brown was arrested due to a felony battery charge stemming from an incident that occurred more than a year before. The battery charge stemmed an April 2017 incident in a Tampa club, where Brown allegedly punched a man who photographed him without his permission. Brown was released from jail after posting a $2,000 bond.