It looks as if Chris Brown just might be looking at a little jail time after his Sunday evening altercation with Frank Ocean in an L. A. parking lot. There's at least one eyewitness that saw the fight that maintains that Brown threw the first punch in what became an all-out brawl outside -- and inside -- a recording studio, TMZ reported Tuesday, Jan. 28. If found to be true, that alleged punch might prove a violation of Brown's 5-year probation.
According to the eyewitness, the argument started over a parking space. Apparently the spaces are assumed hierarchically, the bigger the star, the better the parking space. Ocean parked in a space Brown felt belonged to him. Still, after a few words, Brown offered his hand.
But Ocean refused to shake and laughed at Brown. The witness told TMZ that the "Novacane" singer's refusal so incensed Brown that he punched Ocean. Both entourages moved in and melee ensued.
It would eventually move inside the studio, where a receptionist called the cops. Police arrived after much damage was done -- and Chris Brown had high-tailed it. Ocean stuck around and told the police what had occurred, saying he was "blindsided" by Brown.
The New York Post reported that the LAPD were investigating the incident and Brown could be charged with assault.
Accounts pointing the finger at Brown vary from initial reports, where sources connected with the "Don't Judge Me" singer told TMZ that Ocean threw the first punch.
An assault charge could see Brown behind bars. If a charge is warranted, it could be looked upon by a judge as a violation of Brown's 5-year probation, the sentence that was handed down in June 2009 for his pre-Grammy assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown's history of being close to violence could also work against him. Besides the Rihanna assault, he also made headlines after a fight with rapper Drake in a New York club (where it turned out both Brown and Drake left while their entourages brawled).