On this day in 2009, Brown beat his then-girfriend Rihanna unconscious after the two became embroiled in an argument in his rented Lamborghini.
This time, his rep was quick to get out ahead of the breaking news, phoning in Brown’s side of the story to gossip site TMZ.
The way the 23-year-old singer explains it, he was on his way to a charity event when he was cut off by two other cars. Inside were camera-wielding paparazzi.
Brown decided to “remove himself from the situation,” his rep told the gossip site. He tried to back down an alley, only to be cut off by two more cars. You got it, more paparazzi.
Update: Beverly Hills Police released the following statement:
“On February 9, 2013 at approximately 1203pm, entertainer Chris Brown was involved in a solo, non-injury traffic collision in the 600 Block Bedford Drive/Camden Drive alley. Mr. Brown was the driver of the vehicle and collided with a wall. Brown stated that he was being chased by paparazzi causing him to lose control of his vehicle. Brown’s Black Porsche was towed from the scene at his request.”
Out of that mess, somehow Brown totaled his car. The singer reportedly was not hurt, but if it’s his usual ride, he has quite a mess on his hands. Brown normally drives a black Porsche 911 Turbo convertible, which has a base price of somewhere in the neighborhood of $165,000.
“The occupants jumped out, with cameras, and aggressively approached his vehicle,” the rep told the gossip site. “In an effort to remove himself from the situation, he began to back down an alley at which point his was cut off by two additional vehicles.”
The rep continued, “Chris’ vehicle was totaled due to this aggressive pursuit by the paparazzi. He is okay.”
Sounds kind of suspicious. First, why did the rep run to TMZ to get Brown’s side of the story out? Is there something more to it? And, how is it that Brown totaled his car? Did he try to drive it through a wall to get away?
Details are scarce at the moment, Beverly Hills confirmed that an incident took place involving Brown and the paparazzi, but did not provide any addition details, according to the gossip site.
Brown, as you may recall, beat his then-girlfriend Rihanna unconscious on the eve of the 2009 Grammys, which led to his arrest and five years probation for felony assault.
He and Rihanna finally got back together just last year, and are expected to attend the Grammys together, according to some reports. Let’s hope Chis can get there in one piece.