A Complete History of Chris Brown's Trouble With The Law

The singer has a history with the law that spans nearly a decade.

Chris Brown was arrested for felony battery after a Florida concert on Thursday night, due to an outstanding warrant stemming from an incident last year.

However, this is not the first time the troubled singer and dancer has had run-ins with the law.

Over the years, Brown has been found guilty of many charges, such as felony, assault, battery, and violating probation. The most infamous crime is undoubtedly his assault on former lover Rihanna back in 2009, in which the couple had an argument that turned violent — Brown allegedly punched, choked, and bit the singer. He pled guilty to one count of assault in the court case that followed that same year, receiving five years probation.

However, that was just the tip of the iceberg, as it was only the first of many high publicity encounters with the law for the "Kiss Kiss" singer.

Read on for an extensive timeline of Brown’s volatile relationship with the law.

February 8, 2009

It all began with Rihanna. At the time, Brown was dating the singer. The couple had an argument that turned violent. Brown allegedly punched, choked, and bit Rihanna, leaving her with facial injuries and a hospitalization.

Due to the incident, Brown was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats on March 5 of that year. After pleading guilty later that June, he accepted a plea deal of community labor, five years’ probation and domestic violence counseling.

June 2010

Because of his assault on Rihanna, Brown was denied a visa into the United Kingdom. The "Run It" singer was planning a short tour at the time.

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March 22, 2011

Brown attended "Good Morning America" where Robin Roberts asked him questions about Rihanna. The artist then stormed off set and even threw a chair through his dressing room window that overlooked Time Square.

June 14, 2012

The singer was involved in a brawl with singer Drake and both of their entourages at a nightclub in New York City. Eight people were injured, bottles were broken, and punches were thrown. The fight was rumored to be over Rihanna, whom Drake also dated. Brown made a record, in which he slammed Drake. In addition, Brown’s attorney claimed that Drake was the instigator of the fight.

September 2012

Brown tested positive for marijuana while working community service.

October/November 2012

The artist attended a Halloween party dressed as an Islamic terrorist. In addition, Rihanna was present at the party, which was a violation of the restraining order the singer took against him after the assault. Brown then appeared in court in November.

January 2013

Brown, along with his entourage, clashed with singer Frank Ocean outside of a recording studio in West Hollywood. Ocean told police that Brown called him a homophobic slur and then threatened to shoot him. According to TMZ, Brown tried to shake Ocean’s hand, but Ocean refused and said Brown was in his parking spot.

Also, in January of that year there were press reports that indicated irregularities in Brown’s community service report. The issue was, Brown was credited with doing service work when he wasn’t in the United States.

July 2013

Brown’s probation was revoked when he was involved in an alleged hit-and-run in Los Angeles. The charges were dropped, but the singer was charged with an additional 1,000 hours of community service.

October 27, 2013

Brown was arrested for felony assault as he and his bodyguard were involved in an altercation with two men outside of a hotel in Washington D.C. The "Loyal" singer spent 36 hours in jail.

October 2013

The Grammy winner voluntarily checked himself into a rehab facility, however he was kicked out in November 14th for "breaking program by acting violently."

November 20, 2013

Brown was sentenced to 90 days at an anger management rehab facility. In addition, the singer had to submit to drug testing and take medications given by the facility.

February 2014

The "Forever" crooner was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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March 14, 2014

Brown got kicked out of a Malibu treatment facility. He was taken into custody for not taking a drug test and also touching a female also undergoing treatment. Brown was sent to jail for violating the facility’s rules.

May 4, 2014

Brown was sentenced to 131 days in jail for violating his probation.

June 2, 2014

The "Forever" crooner was granted early release from jail, but had to remain on probation and was ordered to complete his community service and see a psychiatrist twice a week.

September 2, 2014

Brown pleaded guilty to assault in regards to the incident in D.C.

January 15, 2015

The musician’s probation was revoked as a judge learned that he’d traveled outside Los Angeles County for a performance without being given prior consent. An altercation broke out during the performance and escalated into gunfire, in which five people were shot.

February 25, 2015

Because of his past, Brown was denied entry into Canada.

May 5, 2015

Brown was named in a misdemeanor battery case in Las Vegas in which a man accused the singer of hitting him over a basketball game. However, the man declined to press charges.

July 24, 2015

After being briefly detained in the Philippines following a fraud investigation over a concert cancellation in 2014 — in which he had received $1 million to perform, the singer was then allowed to leave the country.

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December 2015

Brown canceled his tour of Australia and New Zealand only a week before the first show.

January 2, 2016

The singer was investigated by Las Vegas police after a woman claimed that he beat her and stole her cell phone at a party at the Palm’s Casino Resort. However, Brown’s reps called the charges "unequivocally untrue."

June 23, 2016

Brown’s former manager filed a suit in Superior Court in California in which he said that Brown assaulted him in a "drug-fueled rage" on May 10, 2016. In response, Brown posted on Instagram, "N—as is getting mad … because I fired them, because they’re stealing money."

August 2016

Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault of a deadly weapon after there was a standoff with police at his Tarzana home. The singer posted on Instagram, saying "I’m innocent. I’m tired of this shit."

April 2017

The musician allegedly "sucker punched" a club photographer in Tampa, People reported at the time. However, he was not arrested.

June 2017

Model and actress Karreuche Tran ordered a restraining order against Brown (who then became her ex-boyfriend). Tran claimed that Brown texted her violent threats, such as "Bitch I will beat the shit out of you" and "I promise you I will make your life hell."

May 2018

Gloria Allred filed a lawsuit in which Brown was named along with rapper Young Lo (Lowell Grissom Jr.), and another unnamed woman, in a suit in which a Jane doe and others accused the group of sexual battery, gender violence, hate violence, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and interference with exercise of civil rights that occurred at a sex party in 2017 at Brown’s house. The woman also claimed that she was raped multiple times and forced to perform oral sex on a woman who was menstruating, according to TMZ.

July 2018

Brown was arrested for felony battery after a Florida concert on Thursday night, in connection with an outstanding felony arrest warrant over an alleged attack at a Tampa nightclub last year.

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