Chris Brown’s felony battery charge in Tampa dropped

Hillsborough County

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The felony charge against singer Chris Brown that stemmed from an incident in Tampa has been dropped.

A representative for Hillsborough County courts confirmed Monday the felony battery charge against the R&B artist was dropped. The charge came after an alleged incident between Brown and a photographer at a Tampa club in 2017.

Brown was in Tampa for a paid appearance at Club AJA in Channelside back in April of that year. At the time, police said Brown punched a photographer for taking photos.

Brown was arrested in Palm Beach County on a warrant for that alleged incident in July 2018. The singer pleaded not guilty to that charge shortly after his arrest.

Brown’s attorney appeared in a Hillsborough County courtroom about a month later saying his client was “wrongfully accused” in the 2017 case.

The incident occurred on April 17, 2017.

More than three months later, a direct information was filed in Brown’s case. According to court documents, Brown was accused of intentionally touching or striking Bennie Vines. It’s alleged that he caused great bodily harm. The victim reportedly had injuries to his lip.

8 On Your Side Investigates contacted the State Attorney’s Office for the 13th Judicial Circuit to learn more about the dismissal. A spokeswoman for Andrew Warren’s office sent us a short statement.

Statement from the Office of the State Attorney:

After a thorough review of the facts and information from the alleged victim, our office determined there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.”

We’re still waiting to hear back from the alleged victim in this case.

Brown’s attorney tells 8 On Your Side prosecutors made the right decision.

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