Report: Chris Brown Settles Two Lawsuits, Including Frank Ocean Incident

Chris Brown, Billboard 2014.
Peggy Sirota

Chris Brown photographed by Peggy Sirota on August 26, 2014 at Quixote Studios in West Hollywood, California. Styling by EJ King.

Recent Billboard cover star Chris Brown is a couple steps closer to getting out of legal trouble. According to TMZ, the singer recently settled a pair of lawsuits, doling out nearly $120,000. 

First off, Brown’s Jan. 2013 scuffle with Frank Ocean and his posse outside a Hollywood recording studio appears to be settled. Ocean’s cousin Sha'Keir Duarte had sued Brown for over $3 million for injuries suffered at the hands of Brown and his bodyguards. TMZ reports this case has been settled for less than $20,000.

Second, Brown forked over around $100,000 to settle a civil lawsuit stemming from a violent incident in Washington, D.C. almost exactly a year ago. On Oct. 27, 2013, Brown allegedly threw a punch at a fan who approached him for a picture outside a hotel. Brown was still under probation at the time, due to his assault of Rihanna in 2009.

Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, helped his client avoid probation, jail, and fines for the D.C. incident by pleading guilty to assault.

With this water under the bridge, it appears Brown finally has an opportunity to focus on his career, if he can stay out of trouble. Recently, Brown guested on Nicki Minaj’s new track “Only” along with Drake and Lil Wayne.