Chris Brown Accused Of Sucker Punching Photographer

The police have their eye on Chris Brown again.

Brown allegedly punched a photographer during a paid appearance at Tampa nightclub, Aja Channelside, in the early morning of April 17, 2017. According to TMZ, Brown and his crew demanded no photos be taken, but the club employs a house photographer who was taking shots of the crowd when Brown allegedly attacked him.

In a video sent to TMZ, photographer Bennie Vines claims that Brown "jumped up and took a swing at him" after becoming agitated and signaling to his security team. Vines also showed a red mark on the inside of his lip where he claims he was hit and complained of jaw pain and a headache. He said he's already spoken to a lawyer and was told he has "a pretty good case" because he was "just doing his job."

Tampa police confirmed the incident in a statement, according to E! News. "During an after party event, Mr. Brown and his crew came into the club for a 'showing' for which he was paid. Mr. Vines is a photographer for Club Aja. As he was taking photos, Vines reported Mr. Brown 'sucker punched' him for allegedly taking photos. By the time officers were contacted and arrived, Mr. Brown left the scene. Mr. Vines wishes to prosecute for a minor laceration to his lip. Medical attention was refused. The investigation continues."

The nightclub also released a statement condemning Brown's actions. "Dear patrons: Incidents like the ones caused by Chris Brown and his team are very sad to see," the statement read. "As everyone witnessed he showed up to the club at around 1:30am. After only a few minutes of being there, Chris Brown himself and his team assaulted our club photographer and proceeded to walk out of the venue. AJA Channelside and our employees apologize for the inconvenience. Assault charges were pressed and we are dealing with the proper authorities accordingly. We appreciate your constant support," the statement read.

The troubled singer has a long history of violent behavior including multiple assaults since his infamous attack on Rihanna on February 9, 2009. Brown has not released a statement about the Tampa accusations.