• Singer Chris Brown released from jail on $250,000 bail

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    Singer Chris Brown AFP PHOTO

    Singer Chris Brown AFP PHOTO

    WASHINGTON: The Los Angeles police have released singer Chris Brown from custody after arresting him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, jail records show.

    He was arrested on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) following an hours-long standoff after a woman alleged he pointed a gun at her.

    He was released on $250,000 bail at 11:19 p.m. local time (0619 GMT on Wednesday), according to Los Angeles County jail records.

    Prosecutors have not formally charged him.

    “Chris is out and well,” Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted on Wednesday. “The allegations against him are demonstrably false.”

    The Los Angeles Police Department earlier said that officers headed to Brown’s palatial home after the woman called for help.

    During the surreal standoff, Brown, 27, took to social media to deny any wrongdoing in a series of videos posted on Instagram.

    Police by early afternoon had obtained a search warrant and entered the singer’s home.

    “When you get the warrant for whatever you need to do, you’re going to walk right up in here and you’re going to see nothing, you idiots,” said a visibly angry Brown.

    He voiced support for the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality, saying: “You’re all the worst gang in the world, the police.”

    He claimed that he was sound asleep and was awakened by police and media outside his home.

    “So I’m asleep half the damn night, I just wake up, all these [expletive]helicopter choppers is around,” he said.

    “There are police out there at the gate. What the [expletive]else do you want from me, bro? I stay out of the way. Take care of my daughter. Do work… At the same time, when I call the police for stalker people that are endangering my life, they don’t come till the next day. Let somebody make a [expletive]allegation about me, oh yeah, the whole [expletive]SWAT team,” Brown added.

    ‘You think I wanted this?’
    People who left the home were being searched by police but no one was immediately arrested, spokesman Lieutenant Chris Ramirez said.

    The gossip website TMZ reported that Brown had thrown a duffel bag out of a window and that police had recovered a gun as well as drugs.

    Baylee Curran, who was crowned Miss California Regional in a beauty pageant this year, identified herself as the caller as she also took to Instagram.

    “Do you all honestly think I wanted this and I caused this?” asked Curran, who appeared to be in a moving car.

    “If somebody put a gun to your head, what would you do? Call the police,” she said.

    She also spoke to TMZ, saying she and a friend went into a hot tub at Brown’s house and that the singer became angry when she admired the jewelry of a member of his entourage.

    The R&B singer, who topped the US singles chart with “Run It!” and “Kiss Kiss,” has had years of run-ins with the law.

    Most notoriously, he was convicted of beating then girlfriend Rihanna before the 2009 Grammy Awards, forcing the pop singer to miss the music industry’s annual gala.

    In 2014, he pleaded guilty to assaulting a man outside a Washington hotel and earlier this year was accused of battery by a woman in Las Vegas.

    He was accused last year of fraud in the Philippines for failing to perform a concert, also leading the singer to voice anger on Instagram while he waited to leave the country.

    AFP

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