Chris Brown, professional anger management patient and seriously unprofessional R&B singer, has allegedly alienated his PR representative and sent his longtime manager to the ER.
According to a lawsuit filed last Thursday by Michael Guirguis, Brown’s former manager, the singer inexplicably “turned his (drug-fueled) rage” on the loyal employee, “Shutting Mike G alone into a room with him and brutally attacking him—punching him four times in the face and neck.” “Mike G” was hired by the Brown camp back in 2012, in a (futile) effort to rehabilitate the singer’s reputation post-rehab. After three years of attempting to make a man who beats up inanimate objects look good, Guirguis claims he ironically became Brown’s latest punching bag. Any halfway decent or intelligent celebrity would have profusely apologized to the victim of a violent outburst. Chris Brown—who is neither decent nor intelligent—apparently decided to take a uniquely “Chris Brown” approach, allegedly boasting about the assault and telling errant employees that he would beat them “like he did Mike G.”
While Brown is nothing if not consistent, his trademark brand of unwarranted anger and physical violence leaves something to be desired. Unfortunately, he just bullied his longtime PR rep into quitting. Representative Nicole Perna allegedly incurred Brown’s wrath when she failed to generate sufficient hype for the singer’s new Black Pyramid clothing collection. After chastising Perna for failing to get his product in the magazines, he ordered the spokesperson to “get in the game.” Clearly, Chris Brown has no idea how difficult it is to be Chris Brown’s PR rep—alongside the Kardashian’s contouring team and Taylor Swift’s couples therapist, it’s inarguably one of the most time-consuming and thankless jobs in Hollywood. Perna, who likely would’ve been less honest had this conversation taken place in person, reportedly texted Brown that “Anna Wintour doesn’t want to fuck with you. These editors don’t want to fuck with you… The majority of my time is spent on damage control. I am constantly cleaning shit up and having your back.”
Brown, who clearly doesn’t have an issue with women, allegedly replied “NICOLE, you texting me as if I will give a fuck if u dont work for me or not,” before ordering a pre-pulverized Mike G to “send this bitch her termination” paperwork.
Perna ended up resigning, and told the Daily News last week that the singer’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, is the only Chris Brown representative left standing. Luckily enough, a lawyer is exactly what Chris Brown needs!
In addition to the Mike G lawsuit, Brown has also been roped into a legal battle with former rap mogul Suge Knight. Knight filed suit on Monday against Brown, singer Pia Mia Perez, and the owners of 1Oak West Hollywood. The Death Row Records co-founder was shot seven times at an August 2014 party cohosted by Brown and Perez at the L.A. club. According to Knight, the involved parties failed to provide adequate security for the event, and should therefore be held responsible for his past and future medical expenses. The suit categorizes Brown as “a known gang associate with a history of violence,” who “had a well-documented track record of hosting events and or parties in which violence frequently erupted.”
Rounding out this PR shitstorm is a new TMZ report claiming that Brown unleashed an “aggressive, drug-fueled tirade” against his European tour manager back in May. Brown, who really needs to get a new hobby, allegedly decided to randomly curse out Nancy Ghosh, an accomplished employee who has worked with Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and Jennifer Lopez. Ghosh claims she felt so threatened that she immediately quit the tour. The next day she emailed Brown’s staff to explain the incident, claiming that the singer, who she says has a history of being “irrational and high on drugs,” threatened to do “what he did to Mike G” to her.
Since pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna in 2009, Chris Brown has shown little remorse and even less good sense. From checking out of rehab to club brawls to shirking his community service, Brown is an irrevocable bad boy—and not in the hot way. Unfortunately, after seven studio albums and countless catchy collaborations, Brown’s career seemed unaffected by his terminal lack of likability. But with the former R&B heavyweight taking a renewed interest in assaulting and/or alienating his entire staff—not to mention a growing stack of lawsuits—2016 might finally be the summer of Chris Brown’s discontent. To borrow Brown’s preferred pejorative, we hear that karma’s a real bitch.