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Does Chris Brown like jail? Because he sure seems determined to get sent there. The singer, who has been on probation since pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna in 2009, has once again been accused of skirting the law. This time, he's being charged with hit-and-run and driving without a valid license. If a judge rules that he violated probation, Brown could end up in prison for four years. Which, in California-celebrity time, is probably around 32 minutes. But still! Jail!
The incident in question is a minor car accident that took place in Los Angeles last month. Brown, 24, rear-ended a Mercedes while driving with sometimes-girlfriend Karrueche Tran. We know that Brown stopped to speak with the driver, because the paparazzi were documenting it. However, according to the L.A. City attorney, Chris refused to give the other driver his license number and gave her fake insurance information before fleeing the scene. On top of that, he was apparently driving without a valid license. (He also reportedly "copped an attitude" when the driver asked for his ID. But that's not illegal. Just obnoxious.)
As far as Brown is concerned, the charges against him are unfounded. On Tuesday, the "Fine China" singer launched a passionate defense of himself on Twitter:
It's not a hit and run if u get out the car, exchange information (who has NO DAMAGE to either cars).This is really ridiculous— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) June 25, 2013
I have a valid drivers license and I gave the woman the right info. She saw cameras and wanted to make a scene.— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) June 25, 2013
She contacted the cops thinking of a payday from Chris Brown when I followed the proper procedures.— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) June 25, 2013
My lawyers will be contacting you. I will not stand for this bullying and yellow journalism!— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) June 25, 2013
Yeah, so speaking of those lawyers, shouldn't they be advising Chris not to discuss the case on social media websites? In addition to proclaiming his innocence, Brown has replaced his Twitter profile with a photo of the other driver's car, which he claims proves that there was zero damage. "Just a dirty car," he tweeted. "Once again, I gotta clear my name."
For those of you keeping score at home, this is the second criminal accusation filed against Brown this week. The singer has also been accused of shoving a woman to the ground after a nightclub performance, causing a knee injury that the victim claims will require hospitalization. There is some question as to the validity of the woman's story; witnesses say she was antagonizing Brown's security team and that the singer never touched her. But as we pointed out yesterday, Brown has a history of violent public outbursts. If he's an easy target for these accusations, then it's his own fault.
And let's not forget that Brown is due in court next month over another legal issue. The singer has been accused of blowing off his community service hours, then lying about it to the judge, which is -- you guessed it! -- a probation violation.
Brown's case is starting to remind us of another star who violated her probation time and again: Lindsay Lohan. Thanks to her various minor crimes and refusal to comply with court orders, Lohan has been on probation for nearly six years, and is facing a minimum of two more. Unless Chris cleans up his act, he, too, may end up on probation forever.