Shoppers looking for Chris Brown's album "Fortune" in HMV stores in London might be surprised to see a warning sticker on the CD. Several copies of Brown's latest album have been covered with advisory stickers reading, "Warning: Do Not Buy This Album! This Man Beats Women."
Obviously, HMV did not place the stickers on the CDs as part of a protest against Brown. The stickers appear to be the work of protesters against domestic violence, according to Gigwise.
Photos of the stickers have popped up on Twitter from several sources in the London area.
These stickers come at a particularly bad time for Brown. After rumors have been flying about Brown rekindling his romance with Rihanna, his 2009 guilty plea in the assault case centered on the Barbadian singing star is fresh in everyone's mind.
Brown also was recently reported to have acquired a new tattoo on his neck, displaying what seemed to be the face of a battered woman. However, these reports were erroneous, as the tattoo was actually intended to reference the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.
"His tattoo is a sugar skull [associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead] and a MAC cosmetics design he saw," Brown's representative told TMZ. "It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported."
Brown attended a charity fundraiser for victims of domestic violence in Los Angeles this week, speaking to children and parents who have been abused. Brown appeared at the Jenesse Center's back-to-school event, as the domestic-violence organization teamed up with its youth-oriented partner The Change.
Jenesse Center founder Karen Earl claimed Brown and his mother have been volunteering at the center for years. "Chris and his mom have spent many quiet hours at our facilities, no cameras, no special attention or entourages," Earl told Digital Spy.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.