Police were investigating a woman’s claim that R&B singer Chris Brown threatened her with a gun at his Los Angeles home early Tuesday, law enforcement sources told NBC News.
The unidentified woman reported the incident to police, saying 27-year-old Brown pointed the gun at her before she left his gated estate in the wealthy enclave of Tarzana, sources said.
The LAPD received a call at about 3 a.m. local time and sent several patrol cars to the home later Tuesday morning.
Brown, who has previously been convicted of felony assault, had refused to come out of his home and talk with officers, according to sources, who added that other witnesses have also been uncooperative.
The “Run It!” singer recorded a profanity-laced rant on his official Instagram account Tuesday morning, saying he was fed up with police at his home.
“Every three months, y’all come up with something, bro. What is it? What’s going to be next?” he asked, adding, “At the same time, when I call police for stalker people … they don’t come until the next day.”
Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately return calls for comment but was seen arriving at the home after noon.
Police were told they needed a warrant to enter the property. The LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division, which in addition to high profile and complex murders and robberies also handles cases involving VIPs and celebrities, is investigating the case.
The division must still “interview the victim and any potential witnesses that may be involved in this incident that occurred at Mr. Brown’s house,” LAPD Lt. Chris Ramirez said at a news conference Tuesday, adding that detectives are also trying to interview Brown.
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The Grammy-winning artist has been a lighting rod for trouble. His most notable arrest took place in 2009 for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna following a pre-Grammy party.
He pleaded guilty to felony assault and was sentenced that year to five years’ probation and six months of community labor. He had issues complying with the terms of probation in that case, but has since completed that probation in Los Angeles County.
Since then, he has also dealt with a fraud complaint against him in the Philippines last summer for allegedly canceling a New Year’s Eve concert and was thesubject of a potential battery investigation against a model in Las Vegas in January. She claimed that he hit her and took her cellphone, but police never pursued charges.
Brown moved to Tarzana about a year ago, and the LAPD has responded multiple times to the location, including for a home invasion robbery and for a report that Brown and others were illegally riding ATVs on a neighbor’s property.
He bought the more than 8,300 square feet of living space for $4.35 million, and it included a security system with 16 cameras, The Los Angeles Times reportedlast summer.
On Tuesday morning, one of Brown’s neighbors, television and radio host Jillian Barberie, tweeted the noise from helicopters as they flew over the area.