Although Chris Brown has not been arrested for his alleged violent outburst on the set of ABC's "Good Morning America" today (Mar. 22), the singer could still face serious repercussions.
California-based legal expert Peter T. Haven tells Billboard.com that the "GMA" tirade, in which Brown reportedly smashed a window in his dressing room and stormed out of the building with no shirt on, will likely be "closely looked at by the probation officer, and it may very well be brought to the court's attention."
Brown was sentenced to five years of probation in June 2009 after assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, and while the singer completed his domestic violence counseling sessions in December, Haven believes that this morning's incident will lead to further scrutiny.
"It's just not breaking the window that's problematic. The behavior itself is problematic," Haven tells Billboard.com. "It's difficult to say if it will actually be a violation [of probation] -- he may have an opportunity to present whatever kind of defense he has. But it will definitely capture the attention of his probation officer, who will take a look at it and probably have a talk with him about it."
If Brown is indeed arrested for the "Good Morning America" tirade, it would likely be on a charge of criminal mischief, since the singer performed deliberate damage to someone else's property by allegedly smashing the window, according to another practicing attorney who spoke off the record. If the owners of the damaged property or police want to charge Brown, he would likely be in violation of his parole.
Although release date of "F.A.M.E.," Brown's fourth album out today, is now mired by controversy, Haven says that the incident needs to be viewed as a warning sign of bigger issues possibly clouding Brown's personal life.
"The bigger question is, 'What's going on in his mind, and why is he reacting like this?'" says Haven. "And is there anything that's destabilizing his life and that would itself constitute a bigger violation of his probation? What's causing the reaction is something that the probation officer's going to be very concerned about."