When Chris Brown admitted to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 after the Grammy Awards show, one of the conditions of his five-year probation was that he stay out of trouble with the law.
Insufferably personality aside, he stayed out of (legal) trouble for about three years, but it sounds like he's finally landed himself into some trouble that could threaten to send him to jail: robbery by snatching.
On Sunday, while leaving a South Beach nightclub in the wee hours of the morning, he allegedly snatched a 24-year-old fan's iPhone as she tried to take a picture of him and rapper Tyga leaving a nightclub. According to Christal Spann, he told her, B---- you ain't going to put that on no website!
This picture may not have ended up on no website, but his actions sure have. South Beach Police have apparently confirmed to E! News that an arrest warrant is on its way, that Brown will indeed be charged with robbery by sudden snatching.
That charge would put him back in the crosshairs of Los Angeles authorities, who is reportedly watching the Florida case closely to determine if Brown has violated the terms of his parole. According to TMZ, the L.A. District Attorney's Office is waiting for the L.A. County Probation Dept. to recommend what action, if any, should be taken.
Just weeks ago, Chris Brown's attorneys tried to get him off the hook for the remainder of his probation, but were unsuccessful, with a Los Angeles judge ruling that he must remain under the supervision of a probation officer.
The incident comes on the heels of a very controversial week for Brown and his ex- (and now possible current) girlfriend Rihanna, who he pled guilty to assaulting in 2009, leaving her with much-publicized bruises on her face. The couple reunited in song—and now rumors are that they've reunited in romance, as well—on Monday with remixes of each others' songs, and while sales and radio play haven't suffered, the relationship has been roundly criticized by fans and even some of their friends.
Rihanna's mentor Jay-Z, in whom she found solace after her 2009 beating at the hands of Chris Brown, is reportedly disgusted by Brown and deeply disappointed with Rihanna for returning to her aggressor, and even friends of Brown and Rihanna think it's a bad idea. These issues will no doubt factor into the media coverage of, and possibly the punishment for, Chris Brown's latest scrape with the law.