Hip-hop and R’n’B megastar Chris Brown was arrested in West Palm Beach, Florida, on July 5, directly after finishing a concert. The singer had just come from a performance at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre, when he was arrested by police waiting in the wings of the venue, in connection with an outstanding warrant Brown had.
WPTV are reporting that Brown was booked into Palm Beach County jail, following a warrant for felony battery, issued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Brown has since been released after paying a $2000 (£1512) bond.
Following his release, Brown posted on Instagram, showing him performing onstage, simply captioned ‘what’s new?’ and featured the eye-rolling emoji. He has since continued his ‘Heartbreak On A Full Moon’ tour in neighbouring Tampa.
Brown has something of a chequered past with the law, first beginning in 2009 when he brutally assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammys party. He was convicted and sentenced to community service following the incident.
In March 2018, Rihanna herself hit out at social media titan Snapchat, after they posted a poll encouraging users to choose to either ‘Slap Rihanna’ or ‘Punch Chris Brown’.Rihanna targeted Snapchat admins directly, for “[spending] money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to domestic violence victims.” The Guardian reported after the controversy that Snapchat’s insensitivity towards domestic violence had wiped nearly $1 billion from the company’s overall value
Brown has also had alleged violent incidents with Drake, Frank Ocean, and ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tan, who in February 2017 was granted a five year restraining order against the singer, after claiming that he had threatened to kill her.