R&B crooner Chris Brown has pled not guilty in the hit-and-run accident which took place in Los Angeles in May. According to TMZ, as a result of Brown’s not guilty plea the singer will now have to turn himself in to authorities since he was not arrested at the time of the accident. Brown currently has until August 6 to be booked for the hit-and-run.
Although the hit-and-run was only a minor car accident and no charges were filed from the other driver, the Virginia songster allegedly refused to provide his license and gave false insurance information and consequently sparked an investigation by the LAPD. As a result, the L.A. City attorney is now looking to press charges against Brown.
The May hit-and-run is just one of a number of legal obstacles Brown has faced over the past few years. Just days ago, the singer’s probation was revoked as a result of the hit-and-run. And last year, both Brown and Young Money artist Drake made headlines following a club brawl at W.i.P. nightclub in New York City.
At this moment, it’s unclear if the hit-and-run will in fact serve as a probation violation for the singer.
UPDATE: With Chris Brown's probation being revoked after the L.A. City attorney's charges, the star singer was asked to turn himself in by August 6, or face an arrest warrant. TMZ.com reports that the RCA Records star turned himself in one day early yesterday (Augsut 5) in Van Nuys, California. After a reported 45 minutes, Brown was released.
Brown’s next court appearance is expected on August 15.
UPDATE #2: Chris Brown's hit-and-run case was dismissed today (August 15), according to TMZ.com. Brown and the other party struck a civil compromise, as per the site.
The other party said she didn't want money because the damage to her vehicle was minor and she said she wanted the case dismissed, according to TMZ.
"The case never should have been filed in the first place," Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, said to TMZ. "It's unfortunate he was being prosecuted for who he is rather than what he's done."