Chris Brown has been photographed with his hands around a woman’s throat at a home he was renting for Ultra Fest. The photographs show the woman’s expression changing from playful, to serious, to frightened, as the singer and songwriter wraps his hands around her neck.
Chris Brown Puts Hands on Woman's Neck But They Say it's Just Horseplay https://t.co/YGm3jQ2UZH— TMZ (@TMZ) 29 March 2018
The photos taken by TMZ have initiated a backlash against the singer, who has defended his actions saying that the two were merely playing.
“She’s a friend. It’s obviously playful as she confirmed. Whoever invaded their privacy will be held accountable,” said Brown’s attorney.
But that hasn’t stopped the public from expressing concern and anger over Brown’s behaviour. Not only does one of the photographs show the young woman’s friend intervening on her behalf, which greatly diminishes the claim that it was merely playful, but Brown has a history of violence, and violence against women in particular.
Two of his previous partners, Rihanna and Karrueche Tran, have been physically attacked by Chris Brown. In January 2016 he was accused of punching a woman in the face at the nightclub they were both in. Two of Brown’s previous managers, Mike G and Nancy Ghosh, have also said that their client physically attacked them at some point. Bizarrely, in August 2016 the singer was involved in a standoff with police after he threatened a woman with a gun. During the standoff he posted frequently to Instagram, asserting his innocence.
Chris Brown has previously admitted to “losing control” but has remained adamant that he is not domestically abusive and that almost all the claims made against him are false, or otherwise misrepresented.
'THANKS for all the publicity today. Y'all know damn well I ain't going down that road. There is no need to even defend myself on the matter. https://t.co/SXSshlZP3v— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) 30 March 2018
“I hate it to this day, that’s going to haunt me forever,” said Brown in a recent documentary. “Like, I remember she tried to kick me, just like her beating sh-t, but then I really hit her, with a closed fist, like I punched her, and it busted her lip, and when I saw it I was in shock, I was ‘f-ck, why did I hit her like that.’”
Meanwhile the internet has not pulled back on its criticism of the singer.
“An abuser will always be an abuser,” wrote one twitter user.
“Chris Brown just got photographed grabbing a woman by the neck, I hope y'all change your mind about him and stop supporting his shitty career, the whole Rihanna thing should've been enough to end him but I guess it's better late than never,” wrote another.