Singer Chris Brown Arrested Outside W Hotel Sunday Morning for Felony Assault

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Thanks to all who sent emails and tweets. From USAToday:

Chris Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault this morning, reports CNN. According to TMZ, Brown, 24, got in an argument with a man in front of the W Hotel and allegedly punched the man in the face.”

W Hotel is located at 515 15th Street, NW (15th and F Street.)

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  • justinbc

    Chris Brown’s “Chris Brown costume” for Halloween was uncanny.

  • He sure has a lot of hits.

  • I hope they throw the book at him since he was already on probation for another assault.

  • i too, often have the urge to punch strangers in the head in front of 5 star hotels at 4:30 am.

  • I think it’s important to realize that even though you may have done something very very wrong in the past it doesn’t mean that you can’t defend yourself after that… No one knows the circumstances of this case yet everyone (including “professional” news sources) are ready to automatically say it was Brown’s fault. That bothers me quite a bit. TMZ is not a credible source for news, they’re bottom feeders that chase people down for pictures and they fabricate the news they provide frequently, and that should always be remembered.

    • The circumstances have been widely reported. The victim, a male, “photobombed” a picture that Chris was taking with two female fans. Chris said to the victim, “I don’t like that gay shit” and then proceeded to punch him in the face, breaking his nose. Not so ambiguous, but hey, what do I know, I only read the news.

      • if he doesn’t like “gay shit” im guessing he won’t like prison either 🙁

      • If the reported circumstances are true, Chris Brown is pathetic. Dude is already on probation and has a bodyguard paid to protect him and keep him out of trouble. Yet somehow he’s insecure enough to punch a random guy in the face? Loser.

        • Seriously. The guy must have a tiny peen; he’s sooooooooo insecure.
          If I was his agent/babysitter, I be saying “Dude you have tons of money and hot women throwing themselves at you on a daily basis. What the hell do you need to prove?!?! Chill the ‘eff out and enjoy yourself.”
          I guess you can’t reason with stupid.

        • short temper, short fuse, whatever you want to call it, it’s a sign of a insecurity and always having to “prove” one’s manhood. he felt insulted = he needs to beat down whoever did the insulting.

    • You should maybe save your indignation for someone else. If you actually read this post, you’ll see it assigned no blame, unless you count “got in an argument with a man in front of the W Hotel and allegedly punched the man in the face” as an assessment of blame.

      Having said that, Chris Brown is a bottom feeder, piece of shit, and I hope, if found guilty, he actually does time this time, instead of just faking community service.

      • Why don’t Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen face this same kind of criticism?!…. Because this is America… For Shame.

        • There’s practically an entire industry of people ridiculing Lindsay Lohan — it seems like she’s in the back page of the Express at least once a week, with some item about TMZ chronicling her latest stupid move.
          Charlie Sheen should have faced more criticism than he did — people seemed to revel in his over-the-top online antics without properly holding him to account for the allegations of violence against women.

        • Nice try. Brown isn’t an asshole because he’s black, or scrutinized more because of it. He’s just a piece of trash who beats his girlfriend and skips out on his probation work. Call me when Lindsay Lohan beats her boyfriend up. Charlie Sheen is an asshat, too, and if he punched someone on the street, I’d say send him to jail too.

        • They did. The reason Chris Brown is the recipient of pervasive criticism is for a few reasons: 1) He is more ubiquitous/culturally relevant than either Lindsay or Charlie 2) He doesn’t even bother to feign being sorry anymore, 3) The public has visual “proof” of what he is capable of (Rihanna photos), 4) He deludes himself about the severity of what he does by fancying himself the victim of a smear campaign by “haters,” and 5) He is constantly the beneficiary of a law system that grants leniency to celebrities. While discourse surrounding Chris Brown is no doubt influenced by race, you simply cannot use his race to diminish or excuse the vileness of his actions.

          You tried it, tho.

          • If Chirs brown was alleged to have hit another woman, or even Rihanna again I’d say the instant conviction is much more warranted, but the way people express online and in public hate for him is totally over the top. He feels hated, he is also persecuted… His attitude is a result of that, it doesn’t mean he’s still not a human being.

            The people that judge and wish to persecute him I am sure have serious flaws of their own, and also maybe incidents with violence in their own lives that they project upon him. It’s so easy to say I wish they’d lock him up or “he’s a piece of s#it” because they’re throwing stones from glass houses.

            Sure what he did to Rihanna was wrong, but assuming that this incident is linked to that incident is highly judgmental, instantly wrong, and it’s a total witch hunt. Otherwise, you’ve gotta be able to say the same things about Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Alec Baldwin, Mel Gibson, and even Yanni.

          • Oh please. People do say the same things about those people (never heard about Yanni though). And considering the incidents linked may be highly judgmental, but it’s a deserved judgment–you don’t go around beating people up. Some people trip all over themselves trying to defend Chris on the basis of his race which comes off as a tacit endorsement of his actions. My thing is this–I have faith that the judicial system will do the right thing when it comes to Chris (this time at least), but I find his enduring popularity as a pop star revolting. The public can like what it likes, but in Chris’s case, what they like is a homophobic, disturbed, violent, egotistical individual.

        • I assume the Lindsay Lohan/Charlie Sheen comparison was meant to suggest there’s racism at play in the way people are condeming Chris Brown. I have no doubt that racism is alive and well in America, but I don’t think it’s a factor here. First, the media is all over Lohan, constantly, and while Charlie Sheen is less in the spotlight, plenty of people and media outlets have criticized him. That said, Sheen does have his bro-type constituency who seem to think his behavior is edgy, badass, or cool, or whatever. However, I would also point out that Chris Brown, too, has PLENTY of defenders among his fan base, among fellow celebrities who’ve kept relatively silent about his actions, and among the music industry that continues to promote him and his music, and book him appearances. (It was actually really disheartening to me to read vehement defenses of him on social media, many by young female fans who blamed Rihanna for provoking him.) I believe in second chances and redemption, but here is my issue with Chris Brown: as someone who is admired by legions of young men and women (no matter how misguided I, as an adult, think their fandom might be), he had a golden opportunity to accept full criminal and moral responsibility for attacking Rihanna; put in the sincere, honest work to get control of his anger issues; and use his fame as a platform to spread the message to millions of young people that partner-violence is NEVER ok. I’ve not seen him publicly, at least–which is where it matters–do anything of the sort. Rather, he’s blustered and postured, generally shirked responsibility, and engaged in a pattern of aggressive and violent outbursts ever since his initial arrest.

  • Wasn’t he with his bodyguard? Isn’t the whole point of of having a body guard is to let him do the swinging?

  • Lock the wanna be thug up

  • Hearing this news made me so happy. Not about the victim getting hurt, but about Chris Brown getting thrown in jail. I have such disdain for that woman beating loser. There is no excuse for violence. I really hope he gets his probation revoked and goes to jail for a while.

  • I think we should all just agree to stop using “allegedly” in front of Chris Brown’s crimes. Has he ever been exonerated of one of these incidents?

  • Chris Brown is a troubled young man. He had a second chance to get his life on track. I don’t understand the thug mentality of some in his generation. As a Howard University graduate, I was appalled at what happened last week on Howard’s campus at yardfest. Back in my day at Howard, we had artists like Earth, Wind, & Fire, Ohio Players, War, Temptations, Eddie Kendricks, Delfonics, Nancy Wilson, Blue Magic, and others to perform at Howard during Homecoming. Now we have thugs performng at Howard during Homecoming week and many hoodlums hanging on campus that aren’t graduates or students at Howard. Homecoming is for graduates of the University to come back home to have a good time with old friends, instructors, Sorority and Fraternity members. As I sung with my Sorors (AKA’s) on the yard after the game, I saw several hoodlums hanging in groups coming on the campus. Back to Chris Brown, he has displayed too much bad behavior since beating Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Rihanna is former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s cousin. I remember Chris Brown having a tantrum at ABC’s Good Morning America last year. Maybe some prison time will give him time to reflect on his life.

  • – On the one hand, I think that Chris Brown is scum. On the other hand, I think a factor in this is the degeneration of public behavior. Photographers harass celebrities — and their children, and view themselves as victims when someone snatches their cameras. Chris Brown seems like a volatile, narcissistic young man. At the same time, the person who thought it was “cute” or whatever to photobomb Chris Brown really had no business getting up in somebody else’s space — and shouldn’t be surprised that there was retaliation for his behavior. First — it’s rude. Second — it’s stupid. If someone is publicly known to have a short fuse and a history of aggressive behavior, it shouldn’t come as a shock that getting up in that person’s space would provoke an aggressive response.

    • Hm yes way to blame the victim. Very compelling argument there (the victim was an attendee of an event being held at the W hotel, not a paparazzi) that totally embodies the pacifism from which you’ve derived your Popville handle.

      • I didn’t say that the victim — your word, not mine – was a paparazzi. I used that as an example of people who invade the space of other people, and then are surprised at the repercussions. In this case, as in many others, if the ‘victim’ had not made the decision to jump into the photo, he probably would not have become a ‘victim’. If you play with snakes, don’t be surprised when you get bit.

        • That still puts the burden of responsibility on the person who got hit.

          • Actually it puts the burden of the responsibility on BOTH the person who got hit and the person who did the hitting. If either one had shown more self-control, the result, likely, would have been quite different.

    • The photobomber’s being rude might reasonably result in Chris Brown’s being rude in response.
      It’s not acceptable for someone to respond to rudeness with violence.
      Seems to me that Chris Brown has significant anger-management issues.

      • I definitely agree that Chris Brown has some serious anger management issues, and impulse control issues. And I’m not attempting to excuse his behavior. I do think, though, that if one decides to initiate “rude” behavior, you shouldn’t be surprised when the recipient of your rudeness ramps it up a notch. Again, I’m not saying that this is “acceptable” in any way — just that it’s predictable.

        • Maybe Chris would get the “respect” he so desperately wants if he didn’t act like a complete psycho? After all, respect is earned not given freely. Having people invade your space and do obnoxious sh#t is one of the pitfalls of being a celebrity. Chris needs to suck it up and grow a thicker skin.

          • …plus, I’m sorry, but “photobombing” is just jokey “living meme” behavior. It’s a silly fad and not any more an act of calculated rudeness than flash mobs are. Certainly nothing that any reasonable person would feel antagonized by.

        • Chris was arguably reacting on homophobic instinct, not to the act of photobombing itself. Before he hit the man he said he didn’t like “gay shit,” i.e. he didn’t like another man being in a photo with him. That is completely inexcusable.

  • At least he’s now beating up men…baby steps. I expect law enforcement to do nothing more than a slap on the wrist. There is the law for the common people and the law for the rich, famous, and athletes.

    • Haha on baby- steps

      He was chucked in jail because he’s STILL ON PROBATION from an earlier conviction.

  • I can’t believe this guy is only 24, it feels like he’s been around longer than Cher

  • Ah the W Hotel… keeping it classy.

  • I was friends with a C-List celebrity back in my 20s. Once, while we were trying to enjoy a nice brunch on a sidewalk cafe here in DC, there was a group of guys who came up and started yelling some pretty horrific things at my friend. She just sat there and kept talking to me like she was deaf and blind and had no idea they were even there. Eventually, they tired of not getting a reaction and moved on.
    Now this particular celebrity was a bit older (40s), and so had a bit more maturity to handle the situation properly. After they left, she told me that the first thing they would teach you in “celebrity school” if there was such a thing, and the first thing your manager will tell you when you get your first big role / recording / etc if they’re worth what you pay them is that people are going to come up to you and be downright sadistic and mean and hurtful to you. It’s going to seem like it’s for no reason at all, but it is usually for one of two reasons – you’re a public figure that they know, and they feel like they have a right to express themselves to you, or, they assume since you’re popular enough for them to know who you are, that you must have money and they’re actively *trying* to get you to hit them so they can sue.
    Either way, you have to just stop, turn off your emotional response, and ignore it. If you can’t (or won’t) do that, you will end up broke from lawsuits, in jail for assault, or with your professional career in the toilet from photos and video that bystanders take and sell to the tabloids of your antics. Or maybe all three.
    She said the only “good fight” for a celebrity to end up in is in a boxing ring, and if you’re not famous for being a boxer, any other fight you get in only ends badly for you, even if you were just legitimately defending yourself. Chris Brown would be smart to take this advice – in exchange for money and fame, you forgo the right to have one too many at a bar or any public place. You must be in complete control of yourself at all times if you are outside of your private home. You must exercise restraint that is multitudes stronger than any average person – but that is part of what you are getting paid much more than the average person to do. You must realize that you are going to be targeted more by the general public for harassment, mean things, and yes, photobombing. If you do not want this, you are free to decline being a celebrity and do something anonymous. Very few people are forced into continued celebrity status against their will.

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