The hotheaded musician is under investigation for assault after brawling with R&B singer Frank Ocean outside of a Los Angeles recording studio Sunday night, officials said.
Witnesses told investigating deputies that the fight was over a parking a space – and that Brown threw the first punch.
Those statements conflict with initial reports of the fight, with other witnesses telling TMZ that someone attacked Chris as he tried to shake Ocean’s hand.
Ocean, who cut his finger in the fight, took to Twitter following the melee.
“got jumped by chris and a couple guys. lol. i only wish everest was there,” he wrote. Everest is the name of the singer’s Bernese mountain dog.
He also hinted that the injury could impact his performance at the Grammys.
The pair had previously battled online in 2011, back before Brown deactivated his Twitter account.
Last June, Brown and hip-hop star Drake were involved in a bottle-throwing melee at the Manhattan club W.i.P. Brown received a gash on his chin during that fight.
That club fight was reportedly over Rihanna, the longtime girlfriend Brown attacked in 2009.
In terms of this weekend’s fight, deputies are continuing to investigate, and they hope to talk to Brown. At this point no charges have been filed.
UPDATE 3:00 AM PT: Cops say they will continue to investigate and want to speak with Chris Brown. They refer to Ocean as “the victim” because he’s the one who stuck around and spoke with police. Ocean said the fight started over a parking space (how L.A.) and Brown punched him. There were 6 people involved in the fight.
UPDATE 10:45PM PT: Police have cleared the scene. We’re told Chris Brown was not there when officers arrived — but they did speak to Frank Ocean. At this point … we’re told no one wants to press charges, and no arrests have been made.
Chris Brown was involved in an all-out brawl with Frank Ocean Sunday night, and sources connected with Chris insist Ocean started it.
Chris was at Westlake Studio in the L.A. area listening to one of the artists he represents. The sources say as Chris went to leave, Frank Ocean and his crew blocked Chris from leaving. The sources say Frank said, “This is my studio, this is my parking spot.”
We’re told Chris went to shake Frank’s hand … and that’s when one of Frank’s people attacked Chris. Sources connected with Chris say one of Chris’ friends jumped in front and hit Frank’s friend.
Sources connected with Chris say Frank then came at Chris … Chris pushed him away and they started brawling.
The police were called and are on scene now