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Chris Brown Battery Charge Dropped in Florida

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By Daniel Goldblatt

Chris Brown is no longer being charged with battery stemming from an alleged nightclub fight in Tampa back in 2017.

The state of Florida made the decision to drop the charge on Friday, The Blast confirmed, and will officially drop the charge on Monday morning.

A rep for the Office of the State Attorney in Florida tells The Blast, "After a thorough review of the facts and information from the alleged victim, our office determined there was insufficient evidence to prosecute."

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The singer was arrested in West Palm Beach in July 2018 and charged with felony battery stemming from an incident in 2017 when he allegedly punched a photographer at a nightclub.

During an appearance at Tampa's Club Air, Brown allegedly struck a photographer in the face with a closed fist. The photographer told police he was hired to take pictures at the event and when he came in contact with Brown, the singer allegedly told him to move away. The photog claims he did and that he told Brown he was hired to take pics of the crowd.

The arrest report claimed the photographer suffered injuries to his upper and lower lip, and the incident was captured on video by club security. Brown fled the scene before cops arrived.

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On the night of his arrest, Brown was performing at the Coral Sky Amphitheater. Immediately following the show, he was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for 3rd-degree felony assault.

He bailed out within an hour after paying a $2,000 bail. Brown would later plead not guilty.

At the time of the alleged assault, the nightclub said, "Incidents like the ones caused by Chris Brown and his team are very sad to see. After only a few minutes of being there, Chris Brown himself and his team assaulted our club photographer and proceeded to walk out of the venue."

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