Everybody hates Chris.
No, I’m not talking about the daytime television show with Terry Crews and Tyler James Williams based on Chris Rock’s life; I’m talking about the multi-talented, Grammy-nominated recording artists, Chris Brown. And everybody hates him.
Early at the crack of dawn this morning, TMZ reported that Brown and two members of his entourage were being detained by French police on counts of aggravated rape and drug violations.
The woman claimed she and Brown met between Jan. 15 and 16 while at club Le Crystal, wherein after they headed back to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel the singer allegedly raped her.
The story seemed to have some credence, seeing that Brown was spotted at the same club Saturday night — just three days after the alleged rape — with Ammika Harris, a woman who he is reportedly dating but come to find out.
But come to find out, Brown wasn’t involved at all.
According to The Shade Room, a woman involved came forward to defend the singer on Instagram, claiming it was other men and not Brown who’s the culprit. Now that Brown’s being released it seems her story holds, although the case is still open.
Afterward Brown took to Instagram to further clarify his innocence, stating that the accusation was “out of his character”.However, something must be said for how ready the public was to indict him.
Granted, Brown’s run-ins with the law don’t come as a surprise. It seems like every year, without fail, he’s getting into some kind of trouble and it seems to have worked against his public image.
Even now, as the charges are dropped and Brown free to go home, people are apprehensive about exonerating him and aren’t remorseful at all about indicating him before knowing the facts.
Chris Brown smacked the shit out of Rihanna, stalked and harassed Karrueche to the point she had to get a restraining order, is now being accused of rape and STILL I’m seeing men talk about the ‘world being out to get him’ and the fact he doesn’t ‘need’ to rape anyone 😐😐😑
— 🦊 (@carayxz) January 22, 2019
Chris Brown owns his own masters now. So expect to see his name in a lot more legal trouble throughout the rest of the year.
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) January 22, 2019
We all know of possibly his lowest moment in 2009, when he was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats in his incident with Rihanna, to which he received five years’ probation and community service.
Then, just least yet in May, a woman claimed she was raped during a party at the singer’s home. According to her, everyone was given molly, cocaine, and weed and that it was one of his friends who raped her. The LAPD investigated the woman’s claim after she filed a report, but could not determine if the sex was forced or consensual. The lawsuit is ongoing.
Even as the details of this charge in Paris still unfolds, Brown finds himself facing a felony battery charge stemming from an April 2017 incident which he was accused of punching a man who photographed him without permission.
Brown has a pattern and history with criminal behavior and these are just highlights from his legal reel, but does that mean guilty until proven innocent?
The #metoo movement has undoubtedly been unprecedented in how it’s single-handedly taken women’s rights to the forefront of America’s agenda. The tolerance for toxic masculinity, sexual harassment and any unfairness to women, really, is at an all-time high, but it may also have given men like Chris a tighter line to walk.
Maybe Chris Brown deserves the scrutiny and close lense. Maybe Brown’s lost his right of innocence until proven guilty. All I know is that we should be very careful when we’re too quick to throw people under the bus. Today it’s Chris Brown, tomorrow it could be your fav.
The two men arrested with Brown were his bodyguard and his friend. Both have also reportedly been released. Brown’s lawyer, Raphael Chiche, said the R&B singer “energetically” professed his innocence and intended to sue for defamation.