Chris Brown flouts police on Instagram in standoff
Troubled singer Chris Brown on Tuesday took to Instagram to upbraid police outside his door after officers responded to a woman’s distress call.
The Los Angeles Police Department said that officers from homicide and robbery division, which deals with celebrity cases, headed to Brown’s address after a woman called for help at 3:11 am (1031 GMT).
Brown hours later was still inside his home and posted videos on Instagram in which he sought to ally himself with the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality.
“You’ve all got to stop playing with me like I’m the villain here, like I’m going crazy. I’m not,” the visibly angry Brown said.
“When you get the warrant for whatever you need to do, you’re going walk right up in here and you’re going to see nothing, you idiots,” he said.
“You’re all the worst gang in the world, the police,” he said.
NBC television said that the woman had told police that Brown pointed a gun on her. The gossip site TMZ said that Brown threw a duffel bag outside to the police.
The R&B singer, who topped the US singles chart with “Run It!” and “Kiss Kiss,” has had years of run-ins with the law.
Most notoriously, he was convicted of beating then girlfriend Rihanna before the 2009 Grammy Awards, forcing the pop singer to miss the music industry’s annual gala.
In 2014, he pleaded guilty to assaulting a man outside a Washington hotel and earlier this year was accused of battery by a woman in Las Vegas.
He was accused last year of fraud in the Philippines for failing to perform a concert, also leading the singer to voice anger on Instagram while he waited to leave the country.