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Guess what -- Chris Brown is in trouble! Must be Tuesday. The R&B singer has been accused of shoving a woman to the ground after a nightclub performance, allegedly tearing ligaments in her knee. The accuser, 24-year-old Deanna Gordon, says that Brown deliberately pushed her as he was leaving the club, because "words were exchanged" between herself and a female member of Brown's entourage. ("She did not want me standing in the place I was standing at," Gordon told TMZ.) The accuser says her injuries sent her to the hospital, and she intends to press charges against Brown -- but she'll settle for an apology.
We all know that Brown is no angel, but this particular accusation is meeting with a whole lot of skepticism in the media. The owner of the club told TMZ that the accusations are "false," and that Gordon was acting rowdy and out-of-control at the show, repeatedly trying to jump onstage and rush Brown in the VIP section. Eye witnesses told a similar story to Gossip Cop, saying that Gordon had to be handled by Brown's security team several times during the event. The Gossip Cop sources also claim that Gordon didn't start making accusations until Brown had already left the venue.
Of course, the singer himself has also denied the claim, tweeting, "pleae stop with the false stories. I don’t usually comment but I didn’t do anything. Had a great show at powerhouse and a positive one."
Is Brown being set up by a vindictive fan who couldn't get past the velvet rope? That's the picture that's being painted. We get it; Brown is an easy target. But let's not let the guy off the hook too easily. The reason he's an easy target is that he can't stop getting himself into situations like this. He starts brawls with rivals like Frank Ocean and Drake. He has never convincingly apologized for assaulting Rihanna, and has publicly admitted to cheating on her since then. He has lashed out in anger at the press, his fans, and his critics. Oh, and he's currently in hot water for allegedly fudging his community service hours.
All public figures are subjected to erroneous lawsuits and slander, and perhaps that's what's happening to Brown right now. The truth will come out in the police investigation; or it should, considering that the club has security footage. Even if he's innocent, Chris should really strive to be the kind of guy who doesn't get accused of assaulting random women in nightclubs. As it is, he's made it too easy.
Donna Kaufman is an iVillage contributing writer. Find her on Google+.