Brown's reputation takes a hit

Posted: October 29, 2013

THAT NEW leaf Chris Brown turned? That more mature, I'm a lover, not a fighter persona?


Brown, who's already on probation, was arrested early yesterday in Washington, D.C., after a fight broke out near the W Hotel.

He was charged with felony assault in an incident that started just before 4:30 a.m., D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf said. Chris Hollosy also was arrested on felony assault charges, per Metcalf. Police believe he and Brown were together during the incident but said they couldn't confirm it.

"There was a physical altercation, which resulted in the victim sustaining injuries," Metcalf said.

Brown and Hollosy were being held in police custody until today, Metcalf said.

The unidentified man injured in the fight was reportedly taken to a hospital and released yesterday, police said. The felony charges in the case were based, in part, on the extent of his injuries.

Brown's busy publicists and busier attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately respond to messages left early yesterday.

Brown was in Washington to perform Saturday night at an event billed as a "Homecoming Weekend" party at a downtown club. He tweeted about the party Saturday. Howard University spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton said yesterday that the party was not sponsored or affiliated with the school, which was, not coincidentally, celebrating its homecoming.

To run down all of Brown's post- Rihanna-beating rap sheet would take up too much of the column, so let's just say this isn't the first, second, third or fourth time he's been in trouble with the law.


* The Washington Post reports that Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan won the 2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for fiction Friday night for her novel Half-Blood Blues.

The nonfiction award went to Fredrick C. Harris for The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and Rise and Decline of Black Politics.

The award for poetry went posthumously to Lucille Clifton for The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010.

People magazine reports that Olivia Wilde is pregnant with Jason Sudeikis's baby.

They're "very excited."

* Egypt's top prosecutor received complaints Saturday against a popular TV satirist fewer than 24 hours after he returned to the air, as the private TV station that airs his program sought to distance itself from its contents.

The legal complaints and the reaction of station CBC highlight the low tolerance this deeply divided country has for criticism of the military and its leaders.

Bassem Youssef, often compared to "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, mocked the new pro-military fervor gripping Egypt in his program airing Friday night.

Youssef also took jabs at the country's powerful military chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, lionized in the Egyptian media as heroic after leading a July 3 coup that ousted the country's elected Islamist president following massive protests.

By Saturday, at least four complaints had accused Youssef of defaming the military in his show, a judicial official said. One complaint accused Youssef of using phrases that "undermine the honor and dignity of Egypt and its people" in a manner sowing sedition and spreading lies.

* As for the real Jon Stewart, the Los Angeles Times reports that Don Yelton, a Republican official in North Carolina, has been ousted following an appearance last week on "The Daily Show."

Correspondent Aasif Mandvi had traveled to North Carolina to do a piece on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. There he met Yelton, a precinct chairman in Buncombe County and an advocate of the state's strict new voter ID laws.

As cameras rolled, Yelton denied that the laws were racist. But when it came to himself, he took a long pause and replied, "Well, I've been called a bigot before."

It only got worse from there.

Quincy Jones sued Michael Jackson's estate, claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of MJ's greatest hits from "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad."

Jones' suit, filed Friday, seeks at least $10 million from the singer's estate and Sony Music, claiming they improperly reedited songs to deprive him of his cut. The music has been used in the film "This Is It" and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on Michael's songs, the suit states.

Jones also claims that he should have received a producer's credit on the music in "This Is It." His suit seeks an accounting of the estate's profits from the works so that he can determine how much he is owed.

Jackson's estate was saddened by Jones' lawsuit.

* In the latest episode of "Who couldn't see this coming?" authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have banned a planned concert by Ke$ha after deciding it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities.

Concert organizer Livescape was told of the cancellation the day before Saturday's show.

Ke$ha and her team had previously agreed to modify her Malaysian concert, making changes to song lyrics and wardrobe, to comply with the government's guidelines for performers, Livescape said in its statement.

* The Bloom is both off the rose and off the Kerr, and two of the most beautiful of beautiful people are single again.

Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr have split up.

Publicist Robin Baum released a joint statement Friday that said Kerr and Bloom "have been amicably separated for the past few months" and "recently decided to formalize their separation" after six years together.

They have a 2 1/2-year-old son, Flynn.

- Daily News wire services

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