Frank Ocean's cousin has a simple confession -- he did indeed go on the attack against Chris Brown and his entourage at a recording studio back in January ... but he did it to protect his flesh and blood.
The cousin -- Sha'keir Duarte -- is embroiled in a lawsuit with Brown, with each suing the other over the fight.
In new legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Durate confesses he used force, but insists it was reasonable and necessary in defense of himself and Frank. Duarte says a guy named Hood -- allegedly part of Brown's posse -- was on the attack and had to be stopped.
Duarte is suing Brown for more than $3 mil.
Sued by Frank Ocean's Cousin for
$3 Million Ass-Whupping
12/3/2013 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is responsible for more than $3 million dollars in pain and suffering ... according to legal docs filed by Frank Ocean's cousin over that massive brawl outside a recording studio.
The docs were filed by Sha'Keir Duarte ... who claims one of Chris' goons put the hurtin' on him during the melee between Chris, Frank, and their posses in West Hollywood last January.
Duarte claims Brown's bodyguard brutalized him ... and in his court docs he itemizes his list of damages complete with price tags:
-$1,000,000 for pain, suffering and inconvenience
-$1,000,000 for emotional distress
-$1,000,000 for punitive damages
-plus, another $60K for medical expenses
As we previously reported ... Chris has filed a counter lawsuit against Duarte, accusing him of provoking the fight and attacking him with kicks and punches.
In Frank Ocean Fight
11/7/2013 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is doing what he does best -- fighting back ... in this case using legal means by filing a countersuit over the Frank Ocean brawl in West Hollywood.
You'll recall ... Chris and Frank got into it outside a recording studio back in January. The building was damaged and Sha'Keir Duarte -- Frank's cousin -- claimed he was kicked and beaten by one of Brown's bodyguards. Duarte sued Chris in August for his injuries.
Now Chris has fired back, claiming Duarte provoked the fight by threatening to kill him. In the countersuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Chris claims Duarte kicked and punched him.
And get this ... Chris -- who is currently in rehab for anger management and faces criminal assault charges in D.C. -- claims he attempted to avoid the confrontation "with the aggressive and hostile Mr. Duarte."
Chris says this is a shakedown for $$$, saying Duarte's demand for $2 million is absurd.
Frank Ocean's Cousin
Sues Chris Brown
His Thug Beat Me to a Pulp
8/13/2013 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
ANOTHER legal headache for Chris Brown -- Frank Ocean's cousin has sued the singer, claiming Brown's bodyguard PULVERIZED him during the brawl between the two singers earlier this year ... and Brown egged his thug on.
As we reported, a massive fight broke out between Brown, Ocean, and their entourages over a parking spot outside an L.A. recording studio back in January.
It's unclear who started it, but it got violent, and Frank's cousin Sha'Keir Duarte now says he was one of the worst victims ... thanks to Brown's hired muscle, a bodyguard named "Hood."
Duarte claims Hood punched and kicked the crap out of him, including at least twelve kicks to the body and several to the head, while he lay on the ground.
Duarte claims Brown spurred his bodyguard on -- yelling, "Get that n****r!" -- and even mocked Duarte when it was all over, saying, "You just got your ass beat and it's all on camera."
Duarte says he was permanently disabled following the attack, and now he's suing for unspecified damages.
We reached out to Brown's camp for comment. So far, no word back.
5:11 PM PT -- A rep for Chris tells TMZ, "Chris Brown does not employ anyone named Hood."
Earns Award for
Worst Grammy Weekend
2/11/2013 5:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown had another Grammy weekend filled with drama -- but at least no one was arrested this time ... or beaten. Baby steps.
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in Defeat to Frank Ocean
2/11/2013 6:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown handled his Grammy defeat to Frank Ocean last night with dignity and class ... KIDDING!!! ... he was totally disrespectful.
Ocean edged out Brown and Miguel to capture the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. While most people stood and applauded Ocean ... Brown stayed in his seat -- which just happened to be front row and center, in clear view of the cameras.
It's worth noting ... Miguel didn't stand to congratulate Ocean either.
Must be something in the water.
Has the Grammys Wrapped
Around His Fingers
2/10/2013 4:50 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Despite his injured hand from his recent fight with Chris Brown, Frank Ocean was all smiles at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.
If you were up for six Grammys, you'd be smiling too.
I Was Called a 'F**got'
During Chris Brown Brawl
2/5/2013 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Frank Ocean told police he was called a "f**got" during his brawl with Chris Brown ... moments before Brown threatened to shoot him -- this according to the official incident report obtained by TMZ.
According to the report, Ocean told police, Brown had punched him in the face after Ocean told Brown he had taken Ocean's parking space at the recording studio where the fight took place last week.
Ocean told police Brown tried to shake his hand, but Ocean refused, telling Brown he was in his parking spot. Ocean claimed that's when Brown punched him in the face. According to the report, Ocean said two of Brown's goons then jumped in to help Brown ... pushed him into a corner and attempted to kick him.
Ocean -- who revealed last year that he'd once had a romantic relationship with a man -- also said he believes he heard someone yell "f**got!" but he's unsure who made the statement.
Cops also say Ocean told them that Brown threatened to shoot him, saying, "We can bust on you too!" Ocean told police the whole fight lasted about two or three minutes.
According to the report, Ocean suffered a cut to his right index finger and a cut on his left temple. He refused medical treatment on the scene but was later taken to a hospital.
You'll recall, Frank wrote on his blog that he didn't want to press charges against Brown for the fight -- but according to the report, Frank told police in private he wanted to see Brown in jail.
Tony Parker to Court
I Told You Chris Brown
Was a Violent Thug
2/5/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown's volcanic temper -- in particular his recent blowup with Frank Ocean -- has ironically become NBA star Tony Parker's secret weapon in a lawsuit against a New York City nightclub ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ broke the story ... Parker has filed a $20 million lawsuit against W.i.P. nightclub, claiming it should never have let Brown in last June -- the night his posse fought with Drake's people ... a fight that ended with a shard of glass piercing Tony's cornea.
Tony has just filed new legal docs in his lawsuit, claiming Chris Brown's parking-spot fiasco last week with Frank Ocean is proof he's unfit to socialize in places where he's likely to fly off the handle.
You'll recall ... the fight between team Brown and team Drake at W.i.P. erupted because both men were romantically linked to Rihanna.
And speaking of Rihanna ... Tony's new legal docs make reference to her brutal beating ... at the hands of one Chris Brown.
Tony believes there was more than enough evidence on the table to deny Chris a table at W.i.P. on the violent night in question.
Frank Ocean's Music Producer
Chris Brown Tried to Beat
the 'Living S**T' Outta Frank
2/3/2013 9:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown and his hired muscle tried to "beat the living s**t" out of Frank Ocean during their infamous brawl ... this according to Frank's music producer who says he saw the whole thing go down.
Michael Uzowuru -- who produces tracks with Frank and Odd Future -- says he was with Ocean the night of the fight. Uzowuru detailed his version of events in a blog posted early Sunday morning.
Uzowuru says the whole thing did indeed start over a parking spot. He says that he, Frank and a guy named Chito arrived at Westlake Studios that night to record, when they saw an orange Lambo parked in the spot labeled "Frank."
Uzowuru says they told the front desk to move the car and were informed it belonged to Chris Brown. He says Chris Brown came out 10 minutes later with a "big dude" and a "skinnier dude" -- and when Frank told CB, "You parked in my spot, move" ... that's when it all went downhill.
Uzowuru says the big dude suddenly punched Chito in the face for NO REASON, adding ... "Then instantly Chris and the other dude grab [Frank] and try to jump him." He adds, "There's no doubt in my mind the whole thing was a set up."
Uzowuru goes on to say the big dude continued to pound on Chito, while Chris and his other lackey tackled Frank and sent him crashing into a "big fake candle display laced with glass," adding, "Hence ... his finger being cut."
Uzowuru claims CB's buddy cornered Frank and pinned him up against a wall "while Chris was trying to beat the living "s**t" out of [him]." He says Frank fought back -- throwing elbows and punches of his own.
Uzowuru says the events get hazy, but remembers screaming for everyone to stop -- and they did.
Uzowuru ended his post by saying, "I don't know what type of demons Chris is facing, but I hope he clears them all and finds a new life rooted in love and light."
Frank said yesterday, he will NOT be pressing charges.
NOT Pressing Charges
Against Chris Brown
2/2/2013 3:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Frank Ocean says he WILL NOT press charges against Chris Brown after last week's parking lot brawl.
Frank wrote a post on his Tumblr page to explain his decision, saying, "As a child I thought if someone jumped me it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man. But as a man I am not a killer."
He continued, "I’ll choose sanity. No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit. Forgiveness, albeit difficult, is wisdom. peace, albeit trite, is what I want in my short life. Peace.”
As TMZ first reported, Frank and CB got into a physical altercation last week outside a recording studio in L.A -- allegedly over a highly coveted parking spot.
You'll recall ... a witness on scene said CB threw the first punch and according to cops Chris was named as a suspect in the battery case. Sources close to Chris remained adamant Frank came at him.
Gets Cast In
Frank Ocean Fight Drama
1/29/2013 1:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown may have some explaining to do ... for a guy who says he didn't do anything wrong in the brawl with Frank Ocean ... why is his punching hand in a cast?
Chris emerged from his house Tuesday in a hard cast over his right hand, covering his knuckles.
As we previously reported, Ocean claims his hand was also injured in the brawl at the famous Westlake Recording Studio in West Hollywood Sunday night -- the same place where Michael Jackson peacefully recorded "Bad."
Although we know Chris' version of events is that he did NOT throw the first punch, an eyewitness who spoke with TMZ says he initiated the attack with a swing.
It's worth noting ... no one has signed Chris' cast.
I Want to Talk to Cops
About Frank Ocean Fight
1/29/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown swears he didn't start Sunday night's violent brawl with Frank Ocean ... and he's champing at the bit to tell cops what went down in the recording studio parking lot ...TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Chris' lawyer, Mark Geragos, has already contacted detectives and said the singer is ready, willing and able to give them the blow-by-blow, because he knows he did nothing wrong.
What's more ... sources say Geragos' team has surveillance video of the last part of the fight, and Chris is as clean as a whistle -- not throwing a single punch.
But here's the thing. We're told the video also clears Frank Ocean -- he never takes a swing at anyone. The fighting is between the two posses.
The video, however, is not the be-all and end-all, because it only captured the back end of the fight. The altercation began in the parking lot and no cameras were trained on the action. So it doesn't show who started it. The fight moved into the lobby, and that's where the camera captured the brawl.
Chris' account is radically different from a witness who claims Chris threw the first punch.
As for why Chris booked it before cops arrived, we're told Geragos gave him the strictest of instructions ... if he ever got in a situation where trouble was brewing, he MUST leave immediately.