Brown makes counter-claim against singer in LA brawl

Brown makes counter-claim against singer in LA brawl

Chris Brown is counter-suing Frank Ocean's cousin.

The 'Pyramids' hitmaker's relative, Sha'Keir Duarte, filed a lawsuit in August against the 'Fine China' singer - who is currently seeking treatment in a Malibu rehab facility to learn to cope with his anger management issues - claiming Chris' bodyguard violently beat him up when the two singers and their entourages got into a heated confrontation outside Westlake Recording Studio in Los Angeles in January.

But Chris has now fired back and claimed in new court documents that Duarte provoked the fight by threatening to kill him, according to gossip website TMZ.com.

The 24-year-old star also accused Duarte of kicking and punching him, and insisted that he attempted to avoid the altercation "with the aggressive and hostile Mr. Duarte."

Duarte is allegedly demanding $2 million in compensation and Chris has accused him of being motivated by money.

It was previously reported that Chris fled the scene straight after the fight, while Frank stayed to speak to police officers.

The 'Sweet Life' hitmaker, 25, took to Twitter shortly after the brawl to say he was "jumped" by Chris and his hand had been badly injured but he later decided not to press charges.

He explained his decision at the time, writing: "I'll choose sanity. No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit. Forgiveness, albeit difficult, is wisdom. peace, albeit trite, is what I want in my short life. Peace."

Brown makes counter-claim against singer in LA brawl

Chris, who is still on probation for beating his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, checked into rehab late last month after being arrested for assault after allegedly breaking a man's nose outside a hotel in Washington D.C.

He could be sentenced to up to four years in prison if his probation is revoked once a report is submitted on the incident.

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