LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Singer Chris Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday and released after posting a $250,000 bond.
Brown's arrest followed a bizarre 14-hour standoff at Brown's home on Tuesday while members of the LAPD waited for a warrant to be issued to search Brown's home. Police were investigating allegations that Brown had threatened a woman with a gun at the residence early on Tuesday morning.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the incident began after police received a call from a woman who claimed that brown had pointed a gun at her while in a violent rage. The woman, Baylee Curran, told The Times that she had gone to Brown's home with a friend and business associate and claims that she ran afoul of Brown while admiring some jewelry.
“I don’t know if it was Chris’ friend or how he was related, but that’s when he told me to back away from the diamond necklace and started cussing me out and calling me names,” she told the Times. “That’s when Chris pulled his gun and told me to ‘Get out,’ he said. ‘I’m sick of you girls, get the … out!’”
Curran then alleges that she attempted to leave the home, but was forced to wait at the perimeter security gate until Brown's associates returned her phone, which she says she had to surrender as a condition of entering the property. Curran told the Times that one of Brown's associates promised to return the phone only after she agreed to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Curran claims that she did not sign the form, but instead, snatched her phone from Brown's associate and fled.
The Times reported that after Curran contacted them, they dispatched detectives to investigate, but allege that Brown blocked them from entering his residence, requesting that they return with a search warrant.
While police waited for the warrant, Brown used the opportunity to post several videos to his Instagram account, both proclaiming his innocence and defiance of the police, at one point invoking the #blacklivesmatter protest movement.
“Good luck. When you get the warrant or whatever you need to do, you’re going to walk right up in here and you’re going to see nothing, you idiots,” he said in one video, occasionally taking a drag of a cigarette. “I’m tired of … dealing with y’all,” Brown said in one of the now-removed videos.
Armed with a warrant, police effected entry into the residence just and cleared approximately 6 people, placing Brown under arrest. Police did not indicate what evidence they found in the home, but a police spokesman did confirm an earlier report by TMZ that they had recovered a black duffel bag that had been tossed out of a window of the home.
TMZ had previously reported that a police source said there were drugs and a weapon in the bag. A police source confirmed to the Times that the bag did contain evidence related to the case, but declined to discuss the nature of its contents.
Brown's attorney Mark Geragos told The Times that he was with Brown at the time of his arrest and that Brown denies any wrongdoing in the incident.
Brown is due for arraignment on Sept. 20, The Times said.
Brown has had previous entanglements with law enforcement in the past, including his notorious 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna. He was sentenced to six years on probation after pleading guilty in that case and probation was lifted in March 2015.
He has also faced charges of driving without a license and hit and run in 2013 but managed to reach a 'civil compromise' with the alleged victim. He also admitted in 2014 to violating his probation by assaulting a person outside of a hotel in Washington D.C.
Curran was named Miss Regional California 2016, for 2016, but the pageant organizer told multiple media outlets that her title had been stripped in June for a violation of the pageant's morals clause.
"She won in April but we stripped her of the title in June. She is not Miss Regional California 2016," Miss California USA CEO Lowona Crawford told the NY Daily News. "We have asked her many times to please return the sash and crown, but she has ignored us." – Staff Writers