Chris Brown was arrested for allegedly assaulting another person early Sunday morning (Oct. 27) in Washington, D. C., which is bad news for the artist -- in more ways than one. Yahoo News and other media outlets reported Oct. 27 that the "Don't Judge Me" singer apparently got into a heated verbal exchange with a man outside a hotel, the argument eventually devolving to the point where Brown began repeatedly punching the other man (via Huffington Post) and sending him to the hospital. However, an update from TMZ (which originally reported the incident), indicated that the assault may have been primarily unprovoked. The arrest could land the troubled R&B artist a years-long prison sentence. Depending on the status of the alleged victim, it could very well lead to a civil case as well. And, as if that wasn't bad enough, it has provided him with at least a day without freedom, because he will be held in a D. C. jail until Monday morning.
TMZ noted in their initial article that both Chris Brown and his bodyguard were arrested for the assault. The celebrity gossip website relayed that their sources said Brown threw only one punch after an argument in front of the W Hotel on K Street around 4:30 a.m. (EST). Sources also said the two men did not know each other and that the alleged victim never threw a punch at Brown.
Brown and his bodyguard were taken into custody, booked on felony assault charges, and thrown in jail, where they'll remain until they see a judge, which won't be until sometime Monday.
The alleged victim was taken to a D. C. hospital where he was evaluated. TMZ reported that he was claiming to be injured.
The assault becomes problematic for Chris Brown because of his 2009 conviction for assaulting then girlfriend Rihanna in February of the same year. He is currently still on probation and his arrest could lead to a violation of said probation. If so, he could face up to four years in prison.
Still, this isn't the first time Brown has tempted fate by making news for allegedly assaulting others and not being able to manage his anger. He was involved with rapper Drake in a New York City nightclub brawl (reportedly over Rihanna) in June 2012 but no charges were ever brought against him in that much publicized altercation. He was also involved in an alleged assault on R&B singer Frank Ocean in a Los Angeles studio parking lot, where he and those with him reportedly started the fight and left before the police arrived. Ocean, too, refused to file charges against Brown, even though witnesses corroborated his story that Chris Brown attacked him.
Questions of Brown violating probation have also arisen over an alleged May hit-and-run on Brown's part, where the "Don't Think They Know" singer allegedly rear-ended a woman's car and drove off after giving her erroneous insurance information.