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Chris Brown sued over nightclub shooting incident

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A California man in attendance at a Chris Brown show in San Jose that ended in gunfire this past January is suing the singer according to reports.


Paul Briley was one of five people injured on January 11 at Fiesta nightclub’s “Capricorn Bash” event when the shooting happened around 1:20 a.m. while Brown was onstage performing. Though there were no fatalities, Briley says he suffered a permanent injury to his foot and is seeking damages for lost wages, medical expenses and “all past, present, and future physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering, including fright, shock, terror, and post-traumatic stress of being shot.”


According to Briley’s suit, Fiesta should have had better security detail present given the history of violence at other concerts featuring Brown. The suit also makes mention of Brown’s infamous assault on Rihanna.

Brown’s publicity team issued a statement in regards to what they’re calling a “frivolous lawsuit” and they say moving forward they have a new plan when dealing with suits of this nature:


It is a poor reflection of our society that violence is so prevalent and it is always a tragedy when someone is physically harmed. However this is a completely frivolous lawsuit. We expect that the case will be dismissed and in future, to avoid these reoccurring meritless lawsuits directed at Chris Brown, we plan to seek damages from all parties and their lawyers.

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