Hip hop producer Mally Mall played a key role in settling Drake and Chris Brown's longstanding feud ... because he brought them together at his house in Las Vegas.
When we caught up with Mally in L.A. ... he said "the past is the past" for Breezy and Drizzy, and that Rihanna's name never came up during their recording sessions in Mally's home studio.
They've come a long way from 2 years ago when they destroyed W.i.P. Nightclub in New York in an all-out brawl over RiRi -- but Mally says ... "We squashed the beef."
Mally -- who's new release "Mally's World" drops next month -- did have one comment about Rihanna "acting like a jump off."
Chris Brown & Drake
Photo Proof the Rihanna Beef Is Squashed
7/11/2014 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mortal enemies Chris Brown and Drake proved their long-standing ... and sometimes violent Rihanna beef may finally be over for good -- and they might be sealing the truce with new music.
Drake posted a pic last night of himself and Chris in a recording studio -- and Breezy looks like he's LOVING whatever music they're listening to at the moment. Could a post RiRi collabo be coming?
There were rumors the feud was over, but this is the first visual evidence. Pretty amazing ... considering the beef exploded 2 years ago in a massive brawl at W.i.P. nightclub in NYC. Chris and a bodyguard were left bloodied, and NBA star Tony Parker suffered a serious eye injury.
The peace has been brewing since last April when we spotted Chris in a club dancing to "Started From the Bottom" -- but, yeah ... they've come a really long way.
I Didn't Confess to the D.C. Assault
5/10/2014 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown did NOT admit he assaulted the alleged victim in his D.C. criminal trial.
Mark Geragos Tells TMZ ... when Brown admitted to a probation violation Friday in the Rihanna case ... it did NOT constitute a confession in his assault case. Geragos says all Brown did was admit he violated probation in D.C. -- he was not more specific.
Geragos tells us ... HE -- not Chris -- conceded there was a factual basis to conclude his client violated probation based on the police report.
What's more, Geragos says there's no way the D.C. prosecutor could use Brown's admission as a confession, because the standard of proof in a criminal case is much higher than in a probation hearing.
Geragos says he merely told the Rihanna judge it's "more likely than not" that Chris screwed up in D.C. In a criminal trial, the prosecutor must show Chris screwed up beyond a reasonable doubt.
As we reported ... even though Chris was ordered to serve another 131 days behind bars for the probation violation ... with time served and jail overcrowding, he could get out in a matter of days.
Forget L.A. ...
Virginia Jail Rules!
4/10/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown just checked into the "Four Seasons" of jails ... and good news/bad news -- he gets to shower as much as he wants!
Chris arrived in Washington, D.C. after a 5-day trek from California courtesy of Con-Air.
An administrator at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Virginia confirms Chris is currently an inmate -- and he's quick to add Chris isn't getting special treatment.
Chris has been placed in limited general population with no restrictions -- meaning he gets to enjoy all the amenities of the facility, including:
-- Daily showers
-- Meals in the cafeteria
It beats L.A. jail by a country mile ... where he was locked down in solitary 23 hours a day.
The downside ... besides group showers -- he circulates among the other inmates.
Hopefully there's no Rihanna fans in the slammer.
I May Miss My D.C. Hearing
Con Air Sucks!
4/6/2014 5:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown learned a lesson this week ... what it must have been like travelling across the country by stagecoach ... because four days into his journey he is still not in Washington D.C.
TMZ broke the story ... Brown was taken from his L.A. County jail cell Thursday by U.S. Marshals for the cross country trip.
We're told he made several stops along the way and typically when a prisoner lands he is taken to a nearby jail to wait for the next available flight.
Brown's lawyer Mark Geragos will be in a D.C. courtroom Monday trying to get his client's case dismissed on grounds of grand jury misconduct. It's unclear if Chris will make it to the hearing.
Brown will stand trial April 17th for allegedly assaulting a man outside a D.C. hotel.
A typical commercial flight from L.A. to D.C. takes 4 hours and 40 minutes.
And you get advantage miles.
And So Do I
3/18/2014 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown will stink to holy hell ... because he's only allowed one shower every two days.
According to our sources, Brown -- who will sit in jail until April 23 -- is in solitary confinement 23 hours a day ... which means he won't have a cellmate to disgust with his vile odor.
We're told Brown is allowed to work out in his cell and can read library books.
Brown was hauled back to jail after getting thrown out of a rehab facility in Malibu. The judge wants him behind bars until the D.C. assault case runs its course in mid-April. And, if he's convicted, Chris could be transferred to prison for violation probation in the Rihanna case.
U.S. Gov't Could Crack Assault Caper
11/1/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Washington D.C. police are on the hunt for security video that could prove to be the smoking gun in the Chris Brown assault case ... and the people who make your money may hold the key.
We've learned ... Metro Police have contacted businesses near the spot where Brown allegedly punched a guy in the face ... to see if security cams caught the fight on tape. But so far they've come up goose eggs.
Sources tell us ... the W Hotel -- where the fight occurred --- has cameras ... but they were not pointed in the direction of the melee. And we're told cops also struck out at a neighboring restaurant.
But ... our sources tells us the U.S. Dept. of Treasury -- located directly across the street from the hotel -- has numerous cameras attached to the building that could have captured the scene. Any video from those cameras would be in the hands of the Secret Service ... which handles security.
We talked to officials at the SS ... who are tight-lipped about their security measures ... neither confirming nor denying there is video ... or even if they would share it with local police in a misdemeanor case.
Secret Service Could Save Him From Prison
10/31/2013 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Secret Service -- charged with protecting the President of the United States -- could end up protecting Chris Brown from being sent to prison ... TMZ has learned.
Here's what we know. According to official D.C. documents -- obtained by TMZ -- a witness to the fight early Sunday morning told cops he heard the alleged victim tell a D.C. cop Brown NEVER HIT HIM.
The cop later DENIED ever even speaking with the witness in question. But get this. A Secret Service agent -- who was on duty and in uniform patrolling the streets near the White House -- made contact with D.C. police and told them he happened to be around when the victim told the cop Chris never struck him. The agent says he absolutely heard the victim's admission to the cop that Chris never struck him.
This is doubly helpful for Chris. The Secret Service agent's testimony could destroy the credibility of the alleged victim and cause prosecutors to drop the misdemeanor assault case.
It could also save Chris from the more serious probation revocation in the Rihanna case -- and remember, if the judge revokes Brown's probation, he could go to prison for 4 years.
Your tax dollars at work.
Enters Rehab for Anger Management
10/30/2013 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown has just entered a rehab facility for anger management issues ... presumably to deal with his temper problems and to blunt a possible prison sentence.
Sources tell TMZ ... Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, just dropped him off at a facility in Malibu. The move doesn't come a day too soon.
We've learned the L.A. County probation department is going full bore in its investigation to determine if Brown violated his probation in the Rihanna case by getting arrested in D.C. over the weekend ... after allegedly punching a guy in the nose.
Sources tell TMZ, Brown flew to L.A. after getting released from the D.C. jail and met with L.A. County Probation Department officials today.
We're told it's likely the Probation Department will determine that Brown violated his probation, and a judge could sentence him to as much as 4 years in prison.
Along with Geragos, we're told his mom and GF Karrueche accompanied Chris to the facility. Geragos and the others went to dinner after dropping Chris off. We asked him about Chris, but he wanted to talk about his meal (see video below).
The rehab move could show a measure of good faith and contrition.
Mike Tyson to Chris Brown:
STOP PUNCHING PEOPLE
... Or Else
10/29/2013 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mike Tyson is worried about Chris Brown ... he thinks the pop star is too violent ... and if he doesn't cut the crap, CB is going to pay a very serious price.
Tyson was a guest on the 95.5 PLJ Morning Show this morning ... when the gang asked if Mike, who's battled anger issues in the past, had any advice for Chris -- and Tyson delivered.
"I like and admire that little guy," Tyson said ... adding, "I'm just worried about him."
Tyson says he knows from experience that if Chris doesn't learn to control his rage issues, people will turn on him -- and "they're gonna put him somewhere where that's all they do is assault people."
We're guessing he means prison.
You gotta listen to the interview, it's incredible -- and Tyson ends with this gem: "Chris should know this ... if you're not humble in this world, this world will thrust humbleness upon you."
The Real Problem Is Still Rihanna
10/29/2013 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown got a hot meal after getting sprung from jail, and TMZ has learned ... his people aren't that worried about the misdemeanor assault charge -- they're WAY more concerned about the impact it will have on his probation status in the Rihanna case.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... the charge against Chris was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor because the victim's injuries weren't that severe and witness statements conflicted. The reality is -- worst case scenario ... Chris won't do any time for the assault.
The Rihanna case is much more problematic. As we first reported, the L.A. County Probation Dept. is already conducting an investigation to determine if Chris violated his probation. As one source familiar with the investigation tells us, "It's pretty clear he didn't keep his nose clean. It sure seems like a violation."
The Probation Dept. will submit a report to the judge in the Rihanna case, and the D.A. will then weigh in -- based on what we know, they will almost certainly ask the judge to REVOKE Chris' probation.
Worst case scenario for Chris ... if probation is revoked, 4 years in State prison.
To Misdemeanor Assault
10/28/2013 5:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown just got cut a big break ... the assault charge has just been reduced from a FELONY to a MISDEMEANOR ... and Chris pled not guilty. Chris has just been released without bail. He's also required to stay 100 yards away from the victim.
Chris had been ordered to take a drug test, but the judge just vacated that order. It's standard in such cases to order a drug test, but that has been cancelled.
The bodyguard's charge was also reduced to a misdemeanor.
TMZ broke the story ... Brown was arrested for felony assault early Sunday morning in Washington D.C. after allegedly attacking a man outside a hotel and breaking his nose.
Brown allegedly got into an argument with a man, said "I'm not down with that gay s**t, I'm into boxing," and then punched him in the nose.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the fight started when the man and his friend photobombed Chris, who was posing for a picture with two girls.
Sources close to Chris insist the fight wasn't over a photo -- they say the alleged victim tried to force his way onto Chris' tour bus, and Chris was merely trying to stop a trespass.
Brown has been in custody since the incident.
3:45 PM PDT: TMZ has just obtained witness statements, some of which conflict. Chris DENIES punching the victim. According to Chris' statement, he claims he was on his tour bus when the victim tried getting on and his bodyguard "handled it."
The victim says he was trying to get a pic with Chris and Brown allegedly said, "I ain't down wit that gay s**t." The victim told cops he responded by saying, "Why you hoing?" Chris then said, "I feel like boxing." The victim says Chris then threw the punch and the victim says he then squared off with Chris and then the bodyguard also hit the victim in the face.
According to the victim, after the bodyguard punched him, Chris got BEHIND the bodyguard and screamed, "Yeah, walk away."
The police say the victim was treated for a fractured nasal bone.
L.A. County Probation Dept.
10/28/2013 3:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The wheels of justice are turning quickly for Chris Brown ... we've learned the L.A. County Probation Dept. has launched an investigation into Chris Brown's D.C. arrest to determine if it constitutes a violation of his probation in the Rihanna beating case.
We've learned -- and this is pretty ironic -- the Probation Dept. found out about the arrest from Chris' lawyer, Mark Geragos. We're told Geragos called Probation Sunday morning -- hours after the arrest -- to inform them of what went down.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Probation officials have been in contact with D.C. authorities. Probation investigators will conduct their own investigation, and determine if there's good reason to believe Brown committed a crime when he allegedly punched a man in the nose Sunday morning.
The Probation Dept. will submit its report to the judge in the Rihanna case, who will decide if Brown's probation should be revoked. Worst case scenario for Brown -- 4 years in prison for a probation violation.