It almost seems as if Chris Brown's story of how he crashed his Porsche in Beverly Hills Saturday afternoon (Feb. 9) is a bit too convenient. He told police that he was evading paparazzi when he lost control of his vehicle, crashing the car. But if that were true, where are the photos?
According to Brown rep, as relayed to TMZ, the "Don't Judge Me" singer was on his way to a charity event when he was cut off by two cars. The rep told TMZ that "the occupants jumped out, with cameras, and aggressively approached his vehicle. In an effort to remove himself from the situation, he began to back down an alley at which point his was cut off by two additional vehicles."
The rep said the "Chris' vehicle was totaled due to this aggressive pursuit." He also noted that Brown was okay.
TMZ posted a photo of the battered Porsche. The driver's side front end looks to have suffered extensive damage.
Police later said Brown told them he was being chased and had lost control of his vehicle, causing him to collide with a wall.
In an Associated Press article, Lt. Lincoln Hoshino, speaking for the Beverly Hills Police, said that police are investigating the incident.
And yet, if there were so many paparazzi pursuing Brown, surely there would be photos. Of course, if the paparazzi thought they might be legally liable for Brown's crash, they might be reluctant to release any photos, but that seems unlikely given the amount of money the paparazzi get for exclusive photos. There are also journalistic anonymity precedents as well, such as the protection of sources (although this might not apply to an incident involving certain police investigations; dependent on local laws, of course).
Still, it seems rather convenient that no photos were digitally downloaded and/or emailed to some buyer somewhere within minutes of Brown hitting the wall and totaling his car. Brown's allegations -- via his rep -- that paparazzi "aggressively approached" and pursued the R&B singer could be playing to the current public sentiment against the mercenary and inescapable photographers. And it isn't as if Brown's reps haven't dished an inaccurate story to TMZ before (see: Brown rep says Frank Ocean threw the first punch).
And there's another option: Brown and his rep just might be telling the truth. Avoiding the paparazzi might have contributed to the singer crashing his car. This close to the Grammys, the paparazzi just might be dogging Brown's every step (he's up for Best Urban Contemporary Album) for pre-award ceremony pics. And then there's that Rihanna connection. So...
Speaking of the Rihanna connection, Chris Brown might want to stay away from expensive vehicles the day before the Grammys. Four years ago, Brown assaulted Rihanna in a rented Lamborghini after a pre-Grammy party.