The singer-rapper Chris Brown added another dubious event to his legacy Saturday in Beverly Hills. Brown crashed his black Porsche into a wall and, after coming out unscathed, told police it was the paparazzi's fault. He said they'd been chasing him.
Beverly Hills police report that Brown told them the reason for the crash was that celeb photographers were after him and were at fault for his losing control of the Porsche and hitting the wall in an alleyway near the 600 block of Bedford Dr.. No photos of the crash have turned up on the internet or elsewhere.
There did not appear to be anyone else in the vehicle with Brown, police said. While he was able to walk away from the scene of the crash, Brown's car had to be towed; the extent of the damage isn't yet known.
Chris Brown: in news from Rihanna conviction
The rapper had already been in the news of late; he's been accused by the L.A. District Attorney's office of not fully doing community service work he was ordered to do as part of his 2009 conviction for a felony count of assault. The conviction comes from a incident in which he attacked singer Rihanna, then his girlfriend. In a related story, later in the day on Saturday, Rihanna and Brown spent time together at a pre-Grammys party in L.A..
Brown is on probation for 5 years from that incident involving Rihanna and was to perform 180 days of community labor; he was given permission to do it in his home state of Virginia, in Richmond. However, L.A. prosecutors claim he has not fulfilled that requirement, a charge Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, called "scurrilous, libelous and defamatory."
In the crash of his Porsche Saturday, police say they have not identified any paparazzi who may have been chasing after Brown before he drove into the alley and hit the wall. They are investigating the crash, they said.