Chris Brown Latest News

ByRobyn Autry, chair of the Sociology Department at Wesleyan University.

Singer Chris Brown can’t seem to keep his hands to himself. Last week, the artist was accused of violently attacking another woman at his sprawling San Fernando Valley home in Los Angeles.

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NBC News reported that the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the incident as a possible battery. (Brown's attorney did not respond to NBC's request for comment Tuesday.).

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Few could have been surprised by the headlines, but many of us are wondering how does someone with such a long history of violence toward women continue to evade serious repercussions from both the legal system, the music industry and his fanbase.

In the years since this lenient initial sentence, Brown has been tied to a long list of alleged assaults and violent incidents. Brown shot to fame as a teenager with the release of his self-titled debut album in 2005, which went double platinum.

He shot to infamy a few years later, in 2009, when photographs surfaced of the aftermath of a violent altercation with his then-girlfriend Rihanna. He was charged with felony domestic assault, ultimately pleading guilty to one count of felony assault in a plea deal that avoided jail time in exchange for community service, counseling, a restraining order and probation.

(Brown was later accused of violating his restraining order and faking some of his community service and ordered to serve additional hours.).

In the years since this lenient initial sentence, Brown has been tied to a long list of alleged assaults and violent incidents. In addition to multiple alleged attacks on fans, staff and other musicians including Frank Ocean in 2017, his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran was granted a restraining order against him citing physical violence during their relationship and menacing behavior after their split, including threatening to kill her.

(Brown called the claims b------.). Two years later, he and members of his entourage were detained in Paris after being accused of aggravated rape and drug possession.

Brown denied the allegations and was released, but subsequently skipped a meeting with French investigators. (His lawyer said the date was “inconvenient” for Brown but that he wished to “find a new date.”) How does someone with multiple alleged violent assaults against intimate partners and strangers alike, including rap, continue to be widely celebrated by fans and other artists?

His last album, “Indigo” included collaborations with Lil Wayne, Tyga and H.E.R. and became his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.


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