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Chris Brown arrested and faces criminal charges

Tabloid news outlets are buzzing after Chris Brown’s latest arrest. The R&B singer was arrested over the weekend in Washington, D.C. According to a number of media reports, Brown and one of his bodyguards allegedly assaulted a photographer who tried to snap a photo as Brown was exiting a hotel in downtown D.C.

Altercations with paparazzi are not uncommon, as are criminal charges when celebrities attempt to retaliate against aggressive photographers. Authorities reportedly pursued criminal charges against former Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom after he broke a pap’s camera after repeatedly telling a photographer that he did not wish to be photographed. Kanye West was investigated after a physical altercation at an airport was videotaped and posted online. 

While there allegedly was no video to the Brown incident, he was arrested and charged with felony assault. During his arraignment, additional details regarding the “altercation” were revealed and his charge was reduced to misdemeanor assault. Brown entered a plea of not guilty and was released on bail.

It will be interesting how to see how Brown participates in the process. He is expected to perform in a number of cities over the next few months, and makes his home in California. While his situation is different from the “common” criminal defendant (who does not travel on a weekly basis), it is a classic situation where an experienced criminal defense attorney would be helpful. A skilled lawyer can lay bare the facts and separate emotion and reputation from the actual facts in the case.

Source: ABC News.com, “Chris Brown arrested after ‘altercation’ in Washington, D.C.,” Kevin Dolak, October 27, 2013

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