Short-fused singer Chris Brown landed a punch Sunday night in a fight with rival singer Frank Ocean over a parking space, a witness told cops.
Brown, 23, who is still on probation for beating up then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, was one of six men fighting outside Westlake Studio in West Hollywood around 8 p.m., according to the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
By the time cops got to the scene, however, Brown and his posse were gone. Ocean reported the incident to cops — and later made sure the Twitterverse was informed, too.
“Got jumped by chris and a couple guys. lol. I only wish everest was there,” he tweeted, referring to his Bernese Mountain Dog. “Cut my finger now I can’t play w two hands at the grammys.”
Ocean, 25, a top nominee at the Grammy Awards next month, has been virtually feuding with the “Sweet Life” singer for months.
The quarrel started in 2011 when Brown described Ocean as a successor to at least one R&B singer-songwriter who wrote for him in the past: James Fauntleroy II.
“I f— with Frank Ocean! Reminds me of a young James Fauntleroy or Kevin (Cossom),” Brown tweeted.
Ocean took offense and responded by saying Brown reminded him of a young Ike Turner, the singer famous for beating his wife, Tina Turner.
“I just dont like underhanded comments. thats all im saying,” tweeted Ocean, a member of the alternative hip hop collective Odd Future.
“F— odd future! Make sure y’all smalltime n—-s stick yo chess out when u speak to me,” Brown shot back.
Tensions seemed to subside when Brown offered support for Ocean when he came out last year.
“My Opinion on the whole Frank Ocean subject is love who u wanna love,” Brown tweeted. “It’s ur decision. People stop searching for BS.”
Members of Brown’s entourage denied the police description of the Sunday night fight.
A source told the celebrity website TMZ that Brown had actually tried to shake Ocean’s hand outside the studio but was attacked by a member of Ocean’s entourage instead. That’s when a member of Brown’s crew allegedly smacked someone in Ocean’s group, the website reported.
But Monday, the Los Angeles sheriff was sticking to its account.
“Apparently it was a scuffle over a parking space,” agency spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Daily News. “It could have been a minor scuffle that was a mutual exchange. There could have been some punches thrown. It could have been shoving.”
Whitmore referred to Brown as the “suspect in a misdemeanor” incident.
But he added an investigation “will go on.”
Brown’s criminal lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It’s certainly not the first time that the word “violence” and “Chris Brown” appeared in the same news story.
Last June, Brown was injured in a brawl with members of hip-hop star Drake’s entourage at a New York nightclub.
That fight allegedly erupted over comments made about Rihanna — the R&B star whom Brown battered in February, 2009.
The singers have reportedly rekindled their romance, appearing in public together and tweeting intimate photos in recent weeks.
We’ll have more for you as this story develops…