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Here’s a look into the life of Grammy Award-winning Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Date of Birth: May 5, 1989
Place of birth: Tappahannock, Virginia
Birth name: Christopher Maurice Brown
Dad: Clinton Brown, Correctional Officer
Mother: Joyce Hawkins, former daycare director
Children: with Nia Guzman: Royalty; with Ammika Harris: Aeko
Signed by Jive Records at age 15.
Was nominated for 20 Grammy Awards and won one.
November 29, 2005 – Jive Records releases Brown’s debut album “Chris Brown”. It peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart.
2007 – Film debut in “Stomp the Yard”. He also appears in three episodes of the television series “The OC”
December 2008 – Billboard names him “Artist of the Year”.
February 8, 2009 – On the eve of the Grammy Awards, Brown assaults girlfriend Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) inside a rented Lamborghini on a Hollywood street, leaving his face bruised and bloodied. He was arrested and then released on $50,000 bail.
April 6, 2009 – Pleads not guilty to criminal charges of assault and threats related to the February domestic violence case.
May 27, 2009 – Photographer sues Brown, claiming Brown’s bodyguards brutalized him outside a fitness center when he took a photo of the singer. The lawsuit was settled in 2010.
June 22, 2009 – Enters a plea of guilty to one count of felony of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in connection with the February assault. It’s later sentenced to five years probation and must serve 180 days (approximately 1,400 hours) in a work-oriented service and take a one-year course on domestic violence.
July 2009 – Issues a public apology for the February assault in a video statement posted on his personal website.
September 2, 2009 – Appears on CNN’s “Larry King Live” in his first television interview since his arrest in February.
2011 – Won Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for “FAME”
February 2012 – Woman files lawsuit against Brown after allegedly grabbing his iPhone after using it to take a photo of him in a car on a Miami street. After an investigation, the Miami-Dade State’s Attorney is not bringing charges against Brown.
June 14, 2012 – Brown and rapper Drake have an altercation at the New York club, WiP Brown ends up with a cut on his chin.
September 24, 2012 – A judge orders a Probation violation hearing after Brown tests positive for marijuana use. Brown claims he ingested marijuana in California, where he has a medical marijuana card. The positive marijuana test is not mentioned during his November hearing.
January 2013 – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told CNN authorities are investigating allegations that Brown punched an unnamed victim, presumably Frank Oceanoutside a recording studio above a parking space in West Hollywood.
February 2013 – In a court case, prosecutors charge Brown with not completing 180 days of community service ordered when he pleaded guilty to a felony assault in 2009.
June 23, 2013 – According to the Anaheim Police Department, an assault and battery report is being filed by phone regarding an incident in which woman accuses Brown of pushing her into nightclub. Brown’s rep denies the allegations.
June 25, 2013 – Brown is charged with hit and run and driving without a license for allegedly driving a car that ran over another car in Los Angeles in May. In August, a the judge drops the charges after the singer reached a “civil compromise” with his accuser.
July 15, 2013 – A judge revokes Brown’s probation as part of his 2009 conviction. In August, the probation reinstated “according to the original terms and conditions.” Judge James Brandlin also approves 1,000 hours of “community service”.
August 9, 2013 – Brown suffers from a non-epileptic seizure. Brown’s doctor attributes the cause of the seizure to “severe fatigue and extreme emotional stress,” according to a statement from Brown’s rep.
October 27, 2013 – Brown and his bodyguard are arrested and charged with felony assault, after an alleged altercation outside the W Hotel in Washington, DC. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor (simple assault) in court the next day, and Brown was released from jail without bond.
October 29, 2013 – Brown’s rep issues a statement saying the singer voluntarily entered a rehab program to “get some insight into his past and recent behavior.”
November 20, 2013 – According to Brown’s probation officer, Brown is kicked out of drug rehab after he smashes his mother’s car window during a family session. A judge orders that he immediately enter another rehab program.
December 17, 2013 – A Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge revokes Brown’s probation due to his arrest in October.
March 14, 2014 – After being forced out of rehab, Brown is taken into custody by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies.
May 9, 2014 – Brown admits to violating his probation. Judge Brandlin sentences Brown to one year in prison. Brown is credited with serving 234 days due to rehab and jail time.
June 2, 2014 – Los Angeles County Jail frees Brown.
September 2, 2014 – Brown pleads guilty to common assault resulting from the October 2013 altercation in Washington, DC. The judge sentences Brown to time served, without probation and a $150 fine.
May 6, 2015 – Fan breaks into Brown’s Agoura Hills home during his absence and vandalizes the property. The 21-year-old intruder is charged with burglary, vandalism and harassment. Brown posts a note on Instagram about the incident, describing how the fan wrote “I love you” on the walls, cooked several meals in the kitchen and painted his name on his vehicles.
July 15, 2015 – One of Brown’s other homes is broken into. A group of armed men allegedly took money and valuables from the singer’s residence in Tarzana. Brown’s aunt is home alone at the time and the suspects allegedly forced her into a closet before searching the house.
July 22, 2015 – Brown is banned from leaving the Philippines after a contract dispute. The Inglesia ni Criso (Church of Christ) in the Philippines accuses Brown and a promoter of fraud. The church claims that Brown and the promoter failed to hold a New Year’s concert and that they owe the church a million dollars. Brown is allowed to leave two days later.
December 2015 – A tour of Australia and New Zealand is canceled after immigration officials refuse to grant Brown a work visa due to his assault record.
August 30, 2016 – Responding to a woman’s claim that Brown was threatening her with a gun at his home, police, armed with a search warrant, spend several hours at Brown’s home. They end up arresting him, suspected of assault with a deadly weapon. He was released on $250,000 bail hours after being sentenced. His longtime lawyer, Marc Geragostells the LA Times, “It has become apparent that the allegations are not only false but fabricated.”
May 9, 2018 – An anonymous woman is filing a lawsuit against Brown alleging she was sexually assaulted at Brown’s home by one of his friends in 2017.
July 5, 2018 – Brown is arrested for assault and battery after his concert in West Palm Beach, Florida. According to Tampa police spokesman Stephen Hegarty, the felony battery charge was related to an April 2017 incident at a Tampa club where Brown allegedly punched a man who photographed him without his permission.
January 22, 2019 – Brown is arrested in Paris on allegations of aggravated rape and drug offenses, according to a French judicial source. Brown was later released and the Paris prosecutor’s office said he was not facing charges at this time. Two days later, Brown sues for defamation in Paris against a woman who claims Brown and two other men raped her in her hotel room.
January 28, 2022 – A civil lawsuit, accusing Brown of rape in December 2020, is filed. The anonymous plaintiff is seeking $20 million in damages.
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