Was Chris Brown involved in a hit-and-run? The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred last week in order to determine whether or not the R&B singer violated any laws when he got into a fender bender in L.A. TMZ reported on May 27 that what appeared to have been a minor scraping of bumpers might turn into quite a bit more for Brown.
In fact, if he is found to have broken any laws, it might result in a violation of his probation, which could potentially mean jail time for the “Don’t Judge Me” singer.
Brown allegedly left the scene of the accident — which occurred on May 21 — after giving the woman hit rear-ended his auto insurance information. However, he allegedly refused to show him her driver’s license or give his number. That might not have been so egregious if the auto insurance information he presented hadn’t been incorrect, which is what is alleged.
In the state of California, it is required by law that those involved in an automobile accident present all involved other parties with current driving and insurance information. And according to TMZ, if there is probable cause to believe Brown broke the law, it might be seen as a violation of his probation, and he could go to jail.
He’s still on probation for the 2008 assault on Rihanna.
And if not disclosing his information wasn’t enough, Brown reported gave the woman attitude when she asked for his driver’s license information.
The long and short of it is this: Chris Brown is being investigated by the LAPD for hit-and-run for what witnesses say was a negligible run-in with minor damage.
He’s had close calls regarding violating his probation several times already. A highly publicized bar brawl in New York in 2012 led to a round-robin of accusations and lawsuits over damages after entourages of Chris Brown and rapper Drake came to blows. Witnesses told TMZ at the time that both men were screaming at each other in the club, which means, even if they weren’t involved in the fight, they could have been charged with various crimes, including inciting the violence.
In another incident in a parking lot at a recording studio on Jan. 27, Brown got into a fistfight with R&B singer Frank Ocean but disappeared before police got there. Ocean refused to press charges, even after witnesses backed his story that Brown started the fight.
Brown was also involved in another car crash in February when he wrecked his own vehicle allegedly avoiding persistent paparazzi.
But in a strange twist to the story, a rep for Chris Brown told Access Hollywood (per Yahoo News) that there was no LAPD investigation, that Brown exchanged the correct information with the woman in the mild car crash, that Brown’s lawyer (celebrity attorney Mark Geragos) said the LAPD had not been in touch with him, and that Geragos had contacted the woman on the receiving end of the so-called hit-and-run and she had hung up on him.
Of course, Brown’s reps have been known to tell a falsehood or two…
Still, Access Hollywood noted that when they contacted the LAPD, they couldn’t say whether or not an investigation into a possible Chris Brown hit-and-run was underway or not because of being short-staffed for the holiday.
So… Much ado about nothing? Or something that could see Brown in trouble with the law again? This story is developing, as they say…