Chris Brown busted club photographer’s lip in Tampa

Tampa – The Grammy-winning singer Chris Brown has once again found himself in a world of trouble, this time it was at a night club in Tampa, Florida. Chris Brown was booked at  AJA Channelside Sunday for a hour but the platinum selling artist only stayed about 5 minutes according to one of the club owners.

Brown was scheduled for the club’s “Chris Brown and Friends Official After Party” event. His security asked a photographer to stop snapping pictures of the star but the man continued to do so. Moments later, Brown jumped over a couch and punched him twice.

“It wasn’t a brawl, Brown punched a photog for the club and walked out,” Robert Solomon said. They paid Chris Brown $30,000 in advance to be there.

Brown allegedly sucker punched one of the club photographers, Bennie L. Vines, 38, around 1:00 a.m. Monday with his left hand. Vines reported that he has a busted lip and several other injuries yet he refused medical attention.

He plans to sue the singer and press charges after being forced to miss work due to his injuries.


A police report has been filed and if charged, Brown will face battery charges. He left the scene by the time officers arrived.

Later, Brown went to The Drynk on South Howard Avenue, joining another after party hosted by Fabolous. Drynk manager Enrique DeJesus said Brown stayed at the club until it closed at 3 a.m. and was “just having a good time.”

Police are currently investigating this incident.

AJA Channelside released this statement:

“Incidents like the ones caused by Chris Brown and his team are very sad to see,” the club’s managers wrote. “After only a few minutes of being there, Chris Brown himself and his team assaulted our club photographer and proceeded to walk out of the venue. Aja Channelside and our employees apologize for the inconvenience.”

As of Monday evening no arrests had been made. Brown was still scheduled to appear at a Miami nightclub that night, and perform Tuesday in Jacksonville.


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