In a shocking twist where rules apply, the Los Angeles Times reports that charismatic hero Chris Brown has been charged with a hit-and-run and driving without a license following an investigation of a fender-bender last month. Both crimes are misdemeanors punishable by a maximum six-month jail sentence.
According to the Times, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office stated that the singer rear-ended a stranger's Mercedes with his Range Rover on May 21, then failed to produce a driver's license or provide proper insurance information before leaving the scene. TMZ reports that, if convicted and subsequently found guilty of violating the probation stemming from his 2009 domestic assault charge against Rihanna, Brown could face up to four years in prison.
For his part, Chris Brown has already taken to Twitter to suggest that the charges are all part of a big Conspiracy to Punish Chris Brown, a Good Kid Who Believes in Himself and Tries His Best Every Day.
First, Brown invoked a little known imaginary hit-and-run loophole wherein, as long as you get out of the car and tell the person whose car you have hit something (doesn't have to be complete or correct), it is not a hit-and-run.
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
Then he accused the woman whose car he hit of trying to "make a scene," even though he didn't even do anything to her (except hit her car).
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
Then he put pictures of the alleged victim's car ("dirty car") all over his Twitter page to prove his innocence.
My profile pic is the pic I took of the persons car after "the hit and run". NO damage. Just a dirty car.once again, I gotta clear my name— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) June 25, 2013
And pleaded with the world to let him live.
19-24 years of age. I don't have all the answers and you can't show me a person that age who has it figured out.We live and grow.Let me live— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) June 25, 2013
In unrelated Chris Brown news, a rep for the singer said on Monday that claims the singer shoved a woman at a nightclub over the weekend were "totally false and unfounded."
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