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The hit and run case against Chris Brown is collapsing. The Los Angeles City Attorney officially dropped two of the three charges against the singer today, and thanks to a financial settlement, it now seems likely the third will fall by the wayside within a matter of days, leaving only an outstanding parole violation allegation that now appears thinner and more remote than ever.
It was a mixed bag in court today for Chris Brown. The hit musician was on hand to fight the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s request to revoke his probation, and while he lost that particular fight, his attorney was able to convince the judge to keep his client out of jail until the actual probation violation hearing, which won’t happen until August.
It’s been a rough week for Chris Brown. A day after being accused of throwing a woman to the ground inside a nightclub, the pop star was blindsided by the Los Angeles City Attorney with two charges related to a car accident that happened in Toluca Lake last month.
The rumors about Chris Brown and Rihanna’s on-again-off-again relationship may have largely died down over the past few months, but interest in any alleged stories of the singer’s misbehavior certainly haven’t. If there’s even a sniff of potential shenanigans involving the pop star, the story always explodes like a political scandal, and this brouhaha is extremely great evidence of that.
Something shady happened after Chris Brown’s car accident last week. As a pretty routine fender-bender, the situation should have been a minor headache filled with some frustrating paperwork, but instead, it has turned into a far bigger fiasco that could even lead to prison time.
Last week, Chris Brown’s car accident attracted a ton of media attention, mostly because the singer’s ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran was also in the car, but if the latest rumors are to be believed, her presence was far from the most interesting thing related to the accident. Apparently, Brown wasn’t exactly the epitome of friendliness to the woman whose car he ran into, and he allegedly didn’t even give her his legitimate insurance information.
I have no idea whether Rihanna bought the shorts like that, had the pair professionally tailored or simply got out the scissors and altered the clothes herself, but I suppose it doesn’t really matter. They make more than enough of a statement without a backstory, though exactly what that statement might be depends on who you ask.
Earlier today, Chris Brown got into an accident while driving his car in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles. Considering there wasn’t a whole lot of damage to either his vehicle or the woman’s he hit and considering neither party tried to do anything shady like drive off without exchanging information, there’s really nothing consequential about the crash, except for one minor detail.
If Brown doesn’t pay the citation for “unpermitted and excessive signage,” the rapper could face fines up to three times as much as the one listed above. Councilman Tom LaBonge defends the city’s decision to cite Brown for the artwork, because while murals are allowed throughout Los Angeles proper, that normally doesn’t include residential zones.
Over the years, so many celebrities, fans and critics have condemned Chris Brown and Rihanna’s on-again-off-again relationship that another one doing it normally wouldn’t be news, but considering the latest person to fire some warning shots is Brown’s own father, the words are attracting quite a bit of attention.
When referencing Chris Brown's recent interview on Today, EW points out that April 1 probably wasn't the best day Brown might want to open up about his spotty history (to put it mildly) and admit that what he did was "totally wrong" with regards to the brutality incident with his girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009. With that said, he appears to be completely serious in his apology and admission of fault, only laughing nervously a few times in his interview with Matt Lauer on the talk show today.
Earlier this week, Chris Brown was hanging out at the Emerson Theater in Hollywood when the DJ called him over and asked if he wanted to say a few words to the crowd or sing something. Like a good sport, the pop star responded by taking the mic and freestyling a little bit. It should have been a goofy and enjoyable moment of good press, but unfortunately, it wound up being anything but thanks to his chosen topic.
Chris Brown has been hearing it from a variety of angles today after a video emerged showing him screaming at a charity event valet over $10, but if the latest rumors are to be believed, he may have actually wronged someone far more than the valet. Apparently, he left his own bodyguard stranded in Bermuda after they got into an argument on the singer’s private plane.
Earlier this week, Brown attended a charity event at a Los Angeles area bowling alley to help support inner-city youth. In theory, it should have been a nice photo opportunity to show the singer’s dedication to the community, but unfortunately, thanks to a run-in with the valet, it has many asking the same dubious questions about Brown they’ve been asking for years.
Rihanna celebrated her twenty-fifth birthday earlier this week, and like everything else she’s done in the past few years, her blowout extravaganza has attracted plenty of attention, both for the crazy Rastafari-themed cake she was given and for the numerous photographs she posted on Instagram of her flirting, cuddling and being romantic with boyfriend Chris Brown during the evening.