January 29, 2013 at 10:36 am EDT | by Phil Reese
Chris Brown allegedly assaults Frank Ocean
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(left) Frank Ocean and Chris Brown were involved in an altercation at a Los Angeles recording studio on Sunday, according to sources. (Photo of Ocean by David Hwang; photo of Brown by Eva Rinaldi; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

According to several sources, out R&B singer Frank Ocean is considering pressing charges against fellow R&B artist, Chris Brown, after the troubled Brown allegedly punched Ocean during a fight Sunday night between two groups at a Los Angeles recording studio.

The fight involving six men began as an argument over a parking space at Westlake recording studio, according to celebrity gossip website, TMZ. Sources say that Ocean is accusing Brown of throwing the first punch in an altercation that began in the parking lot, and spilled over into the lobby of the recording studio, where video surveillance captured a destructive tussle between friends that were accompanying Brown and Ocean. Neither singers appear to throw any of the punches on the videotape. Staff at the studio called 911 when the fight moved indoors. Later Ocean posted an update to his Twitter account that he’d injured his finger in the brawl, which — according to the wording of the post — may affect a possible (but as yet unannounced) performance at the Grammy Awards.

Reuters confirms that Ocean is seeking to press charges against Brown over the fight.

Ocean “is desirous of prosecution in this incident,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore, according to Reuters.

Ocean also identified Chris Brown by name in a twitter update about the fight on Sunday.

“got jumped by chris and a couple guys. lol. i only wish everest [Ocean’s dog] was there.”

While Brown left the scene of the altercation when it was over, Ocean apparently stayed to speak to police, and, according to MTV, filed a battery report.

Ocean has been nominated for six Grammy awards, and his debut Channel Orange album has topped many 2012 critics’ favorites lists, leading many to speculate the singer — who came out of the closet just prior to the album’s release — will likely walk away well awarded at the end of the night.

Brown is currently on probation for an infamous 2009 assault on then-girlfriend pop-star Rihanna, as well as a 2012 assault on Canadian rapper Drake. Another battery charge could spell jail time for the troubled star.

Brown and Ocean have traded barbs in the past, with Brown reacting negatively to Ocean’s coming out in 2012, and allegedly sending family to attack Ocean in 2011 after the two engaged in an argument on the social networking website, Twitter, according to LGBT news and entertainment website, Towleroad. Chris Brown has been known to use anti-gay slurs liberally in the past.

Here Ocean performs “Bad Religion,” a song about falling in love with a man, on the Jimmy Fallon show days after coming out of the closet.


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