How Chris Brown Assault Case Stalled

The much-ballyhooed criminal case against R&B singer Chris Brown for alleged assault seems to be on hold.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office says it’s because of the police. The Los Angeles Police say…well, nothing.

But more than three weeks after the LAPD helped trigger a day-long media circus of hovering helicopters and live-streamed coverage of officers waiting for a search warrant to get into Brown’s San Fernando Valley home, nothing further has happened on the case.

Brown, 27, was supposed to be arraigned this week — but wasn’t.

“The LAPD is still investigating and has not yet presented a case to our office,” said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the district attorney’s office. A spokesman for the LAPD has not yet returned a message seeking explanation.

Meanwhile, his accuser’s credibility has been challenged and Brown has posted pictures on Instagram of T-shirts he’s selling that say, “This (b word) lyin’ ” on the front, with a Roy Lichtenstein-style Pop Art drawing of a crying blond woman on the back.

And Friday, an old controversy arose when Brown forcefully denied reports he is being investigated by Los Angeles county child protection authorities over his care for his 2-year-old daughter, Royalty, at the instigation of her mother, Nia Guzman, from whom Brown is estranged, to put it gently.

It’s not true he’s being investigated, Brown said in a profanity-studded video on Instagram. “I take care of my daughter fully,” he said in the video, since deleted from his account but it’s still on Guzman’s. The two have an acrimonious relationship, often played out on social media.

Neil Zanville, a spokesman for the Department of Children and Family Services, declined to comment to USA TODAY, saying the agency is prohibited by state law from discussing whether they are investigating.

Carl Anthony Moore, the lawyer for Guzman, who may still face Brown again in court, told USA TODAY that his client is still contemplating going back to court to modify the custody arrangement for the child. But he denied she filed a complaint with the DCFS or instigated an investigation.

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“There’s been no formal complaint, we didn’t tell (the media) that,” Moore said.

Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on Aug. 30, after a dethroned California beauty queen named Baylee Curran accused him of pointing a gun at her and threatening her while she was in his house.

When detectives arrived at his house, Brown, advised by his media-savvy lawyer,Mark Geragos, told them to get a search warrant, as is his constitutional right. For some reason, it took police hours to get one; meanwhile, a mob of reporters and photographers gathered on the ground and in the air to watch them standing around and occasionally looking at their watches.

Hours later, Brown was booked into the Los Angeles County jail, was released after posting $250,000 bail, and was given an arraignment date of Sept. 20. Detectives declined to say what they found, if anything, in their search of the sprawling estate.

Geragos has said repeatedly that Brown is innocent. He has told reporters that no gun was found in the search of Brown’s house and that the case against him is weak.

“Authorities are going to have a hard time proving it,” agrees Moore. “They don’t have a lot beyond reasonable doubt because of the credibility of the complainant.”

Among other things, Curran is wanted in New York for grand larceny in connection with the theft of a wallet at the Plaza Hotel in October 2013, according to the NYPD.

Will the stall in the assault case hurt Guzman’s chances of persuading a judge to limit Brown’s contact with his daughter?

“You wouldn’t be using this as the only basis (for seeking custody modification),” Moore says. “Whether he is charged or not, it doesn’t necessarily mean nothing occurred. It means the DA does not feel he can prove a criminal case against him. It does not mean (Brown) hasn’t behaved in a manner” that would lead to custody being altered.


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