2019 American Music Awards

Chris Brown Sued by Manager Over Alleged 'Drug-Fueled' Assault

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Chris Brown attends the NikeLab X Olivier Rousteing Football Nouveau Collection Launch Party at Cite Universitaire on June 1, 2016 in Paris, France. 

Brown laughs off the lawsuit in a pair of Instagram videos.

Chris Brown’s manager Mike G is suing the singer/songwriter for allegedly assaulting him in a “drug-fueled rage.” Brown has since responded to those claims, first reported by TMZ, in an Instagram video, saying he fired Mike G for stealing money from him.

Mike G (aka Michael Guirguis) -- who operates NiteVision Management -- is being represented by Patty Glaser of the law firm Glaser Weil, LLP, who dismisses Brown’s assertion and adds that a defamation complaint will be added to the lawsuit. "We’ve seen Chris Brown’s Instagram post," Glaser says in a statement. "It’s a pathetic reaction to the lawsuit. There is no truth to his claim and Brown knows it. We'll amend our complaint to add claims for defamation."

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In a statement sent earlier to Billboard on Mike G’s behalf, Glaser said: "We did everything we could to resolve this in a non-public way to avoid damage to Chris Brown. Regrettably, as outlined in our complaint, Chris Brown has proven to be his own worst enemy."

Filed Thursday (June 23) in Superior Court of the State of California, the lawsuit stems from an alleged unprovoked attack that happened May 10. Mike G claims that’s when Brown shut him in a room and “menacingly said, ‘We’re going to go for 30 seconds,’” and then “sucker punched him in the face as he tried to exit the room.” Mike G further claims that three more punches to his face and neck occurred, necessitating emergency room treatment.

In his Instagram responses -- where he never mentions Mike G by name -- Brown seems to be taking the allegations lightly, laughing and making his statement under a light “to make it seem more serious.” Brown laughs off the suit, claiming his manager is only after his money. “N---as is getting mad and filing lawsuits because I fired them, because they’re stealing money,” Brown says. “So you’re mad because you’re no longer existent. That’s alright, I’m gonna keep pushing. God Bless ya. I wish you the best of luck.”

 

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The R&B/hip-hop singer ended by thanking his fans for their support. “I’m not finna entertain this petty sh--,” Brown says. “We’re just gonna keep doing our thing, man. F--- everybody else. F--- all that other sh--.”

 

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Hired in 2012 to “help Brown repair his reputation” in the wake of his Rihanna assault case in 2009, Mike G further states in the lawsuit that he fears for his own safety from Brown and “Brown’s gang member friends.” Also detailed are claims that since the alleged assault, Mike G has received reports that Brown has threatened to beat up other team members “like I did Mike G” and that Brown has boasted on Instagram and to others about the alleged assault.

The 12-page lawsuit outlines a total of six complaints: assault, battery, false imprisonment, emotional distress, breach of contract and breach of good faith and fair dealing. No specific dollar amounts are listed. However, Mike G is seeking medical and hospital expenses, punitive damages and legal expenses, as well as any additional relief as deemed by the court.

Brown’s most recent release is the 2015 album Royalty. The project is named after his daughter, for whom he won joint custody in late May.


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