Despite all the negative publicity Chris Brown has been receiving of late, some of it, especially that revolving around his February car crash, might have been a bit premature. The 911 call audiotape from the incident was released Sunday, March 10, and in it, the R&B singer frantically explained to the dispatcher that he had been cut off by paparazzi and had to swerve to avoid hitting them -- a swerve that led to him crashing his own vehicle.
TMZ, possibly the first website to cover the story of Brown's crash on Feb. 9, posted the audiotape, noting that when the "Don't Judge Me"singer was "scared," he referred to himself as "Christopher." Snide remarks aside, the tape revealed that Brown was frantic, trying to recall details of what had just happened to him.
"It was a burgundy Prius," Brown says on the tape. "They blocked me off so I had to swerve."
The 911 call was initiated by a female witness who starts by telling the dispatcher about the accident. Brown is then heard -- after taking the phone -- haltingly attempting to describe what had happened. He is obviously excited and possibly coming down from some adrenaline born of fear. He is also a bit out of breath. After all, he had just crashed his Porsche.
Brown wasn't injured in the accident and police had only his word that he'd been cut off by paparazzi, so the case was closed from their standpoint.
The press and social media, however, began to speculate that Brown had simply made up the entire story. Speculation ran rampant. And TMZ reported that photographers from the INF Agency, the only paparazzi known to be in the vicinity of Brown's crash at the time and the guys that were there first, swore they were nowhere near his car when the crash took place.
At the time, Chris Doherty, owner of INF, told TMZ that his photographers arrived after the crash. He said Brown "crashed his car and it’s convenient for him to blame us."
Or it could have been some other paparazzi that was in the area that left so as not to get blamed.
Oddly enough, it appears that everyone involved could have been telling the truth.
But, then, just as Doherty insinuated that Brown was likely lying and using the paparazzi as a scapegoat, Doherty's photographers might also have misrepresented the circumstances of their being in the neighborhood when the crash occurred.
But the point is moot. Case closed. The Porsche suffered some damage and was likely fixed in a day or two.
Still, the 911 call certainly makes Chris Brown look a lot better than he did in February. But it's doubtful that it is enough to counter the deluge of bad press the singer has gotten for the past couple of months, starting with his fight in a parking lot with Frank Ocean (something his reps did lie about, saying Ocean started the scuffle) and ongoing with odd rants in nightclubs. His latest, a testament to sexist thinking, advised the guys in an LA club to tell their women, "I own that p***y!"
No, that 911 audiotape won't make a dent in that...