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Sha'keir Duarte claims a member of Brown's entourage beat him up

Chris Brown is being sued by a man claiming he was punched and kicked by a member of Brown’s entourage during a fight earlier this year which also involved Frank Ocean.

Billboard reports that Sha’keir Duarte is suing Brown for assault and battery and asking for unspecified damages, after alleging that he suffered a concussion and “humiliation and mental anguish” following the scuffle.

Brown’s laywer has called the case “garbage” and stated that he is attempting to get the lawsuit dismissed and will counter-sue if necessary. “This is what gives lawyers and lawsuits a bad name is garbage like this,” said Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos.

The incident happened in January of this year at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles when Brown took Ocean’s spot in the car park. Ocean claimed his finger was hurt in the fight, but he did not press charges against Brown, although he claimed that he had been called a “faggot” during the brawl and the police report also said that Ocean had alleged that Brown had threatened to shoot him during the fracas.

Last week Brown suffered a seizure brought on by “extreme emotional stress”. The US singer suffered a non-epileptic seizure in the early hours of August 9 at the Record Plant recording studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The 24-year-old was examined by a doctor but did not have to go to hospital.

Confirming the seizure, a representative told Us Weekly: “While in the studio working, Chris suffered a nonepileptic seizure (NES). His doctor tended to him this afternoon and attributes the NES to intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity.”

Earlier this month Brown said that his forthcoming new album, ‘X’, is likely to be his last. The singer took to Twitter to tell fans the news. ‘X’ is set for release on August 19 and will be Brown’s sixth studio album. It features collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and Diplo, as well as ‘Don’t Think They Know’, which features vocals from the late Aaliyah. Brown wrote: “Don’t worry mainstream America. After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album.”