*Chris Brown’s attorney is reportedly eager to have his client talk to investigators about the parking lot altercation with Frank Ocean that has both sides pointing fingers.
Ocean has already spoken to authorities and is “desirous of prosecution in this incident,” according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman, who said Brown has been named as a suspect in a battery report.
On Monday, TMZ, which early on quoted an unnamed source saying Brown was not involved in the brawl, reported that law enforcement sources told them that Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, told them that Brown is “ready, willing and able” to give them an account of the fight, because Geragos said his client was not involved.
Unnamed sources told the site that Geragos’ team has a surveillance tape of the end of the scuffle that shows that Brown did not throw any punches. TMZ reported that the tape also clears Ocean, who does not appear to throw punches either. The fighting appears to be between the singer’s respective crews.
The video, however, only captures the end of the fight and is not conclusive, because it started in the parking lot of a Los Angeles recording studio where there were no cameras.
The altercation ended up in the lobby of the studio, where it was caught on camera. TMZ said Brown’s account is “radically different” from that of an unnamed witness who claimed that the singer threw the first punch. That witness told TMZ that Brown started the fight after Ocean dissed him in front of his crew and refused to shake Breezy’s hand. The source added that Frank laughed at the dis, while Brown was so angered he “coldcocked Ocean and started an all-out war.”
Once the fight moved to the lobby, sources said it demolished the studio, as the brawlers “managed to break almost everything in the room and scare all of the staff members” before the receptionist called 911. The Sheriff’s spokesman said officials do not believe the incident rises to the level of an assault and could just be a “minor scuffle over a parking spot.”
If Brown is implicated or charged, it could have serious implications on his five-year probation from his 2009 assault on on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown has one more year of probation left to serve from the highly publicized beating of RIhanna, but this new brawl with Ocean could land him in hot water again. Neither Brown nor Ocean has issued a formal statement on the matter, though both have taken to social media to update their followers, with Ocean tweeting that he “got jumped” by Chris and a couple guys.”
On Monday, Brown Instagrammed that he was trying to focus on his work, “not negativity,” before posting the below drawing of Jesus on the cross with the caption: “Painting the way I feel today. Focus on what matters!”
Both Brown and Ocean are Grammy nominees, and though the show had to shuffle its lineup in 2009 after Brown’s assault on Rihanna, sources at CBS and the Recording Academy told Entertainment Weekly that as of right now the fight should not affect the February 10 show’s scheduled performances, reports MTV.com. Neither Brown nor Ocean have been officially announced as Grammy performers, but Ocean did tweet that an injury to his finger as a result of the fight means “I can’t play w/two hands at the Grammys.”