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Chris Brown Spotted Gripping a Woman's Neck in Miami, Attorney Calls Incident 'Playful'

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

Earlier this week, TMZ snapped photos of Chris Brown in Miami with his hands on the neck of a woman.

In one photo, the woman involved appeared to be distressed; in the other photo, she later appeared to be in a lighter mood, laughing while he continued to his have hands on her.

Despite the pictures, Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, denied the seriousness of the incident and said that his client and the woman involved are friends. "She's a friend. It's obviously playful as she confirmed," Geragos tells Billboard. "Whoever invaded their privacy will be held accountable."

Over the weekend, Brown was reportedly partying at a home he rented in Miami for Ultra Festival. According to TMZ, the photos were taken at 9 a.m. this past Monday (March 26). 

In 2009, Brown was sentenced to five years probation and six months community service for assaulting this then-girlfriend Rihanna.