Chris Brown, Frank Ocean to be interviewed in brawl investigation
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Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said they plan to interview Chris Brown and Frank Ocean as well as witnesses to a brawl over a parking space that took place at a West Hollywood recording studio.
Brown allegedly punched Ocean during the brawl Sunday night in the 7200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, authorities said. ‘Chris Brown is a named suspect in a battery report,’ said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore. ‘The victim is desirous of prosecution.’
Whitmore said investigators want to talk to Brown and Ocean, as well as any witnesses.
Brown has not made any public statements. But on a social media platform Monday, he said he was focusing on work and ‘not negativity.’
Ocean tweeted that he ‘got jumped by chris and a couple guys. lol.’
Brown is on probation for assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna in Los Angeles the night before the Grammys in February 2009. He also reportedly got into a fight with singer Drake last summer at a New York nightclub.
In the Sunday-night incident, officials said deputies responded to a report of six men fighting at the recording studio. Witnesses told them Brown and Ocean were involved in a brawl over a parking spot.
Ocean later tweeted that he ‘got jumped by chris and a couple guys.’
After the brief clash, the parties were separated, officials said, and Brown and his entourage left before deputies arrived.
‘It is our understanding it does not rise to the level of an alleged assault. As a matter of fact, it could be a minor scuffle over a parking spot,’ Whitmore added.
-- Andrew Blankstein