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Chris Brown won't be charged in alleged Anaheim nightclub assault

August 27, 2013|By Paloma Esquivel
  • R&B singer Chris Brown appears in court for a probation violation hearing earlier this month.
R&B singer Chris Brown appears in court for a probation violation hearing… (Kevork Djansezian / Getty…)

Anaheim prosecutors have decided not to file charges against singer Chris Brown over allegations that he assaulted a woman at a nightclub near Disneyland in June, according to a city spokeswoman.

Deanna Gines alleged that Brown pushed her during a June 22 concert at Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim. The case, which could have resulted in a misdemeanor charge, was referred to the Anaheim city attorney's office for review.

The office “declined to file charges in this case based on review of the circumstances and evidence,” city spokeswoman Ruth Ruiz said in a written statement.

Ruiz declined further comment.The news was earlier reported by the Orange County Register.

In part, the decision was motivated by the fact that two women who were with Gines when the alleged incident occurred failed to contact detectives, Sgt. Bob Dunn said.

In July, Gines sued Brown and Royal Entertainment Inc., which owns the nightclub, claiming that she had been battered, assaulted and suffered emotional distress.

She claimed Brown shoved her to the ground, injuring her left knee. After the incident, security kicked her out of the club, she claimed.

Gines’ attorney Stephen A. Madoni said the lawsuit continues moving forward in Orange County Superior Court. 

Brown was convicted in 2009 of felony assault for an attack on then girlfriend singer Rihanna. He was charged with attacking Rihanna while they were driving in a Lamborghini in Hancock Park following a Grammys party. He was sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community labor, which he was allowed to serve in his native Virginia.

But prosecutors alleged that he faked the hours and challenged his community work. This summer he was involved in a traffic collision, which prosecutors deemed a hit-and-run.

To resolve both issues, Brown agreed at recent court hearing to complete an additional 1,000 hours of community labor before his probation ends Aug. 25, 2014. Afterward in a Twitter message he called the district attorney "racist."

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