Chris Brown has reportedly counter-sued a man who he said tried to extort him over an alleged basketball game gone wrong last year.
As previously reported, the lawsuit stems from a pick-up basketball game Brown played in last summer with victim Malcolm Ausbon. Ausbon sued the singer for allegedly starting a fight with him over a foul call outside a L.A gym.
In the new countersuit, Brown denied any involvement in the fight and claims that Ausbon threatened to tell police he was unless [Brown] paid him $250,000.
Per TMZ, Brown’s new counter-suit states Ausbon admitted to Brown’s people “the singer was not the culprit,” but later his lawyer made this written demand:
“Mr. Ausbon believes $250,000 will suffice compensating him for his physical and emotional injuries … Mr. Ausbon is placed in a position by the LAPD where he needs to decide whether he will press charges for aggravated assault and battery.”
The letter continues:
“However, Mr. Ausbon prefers not to resort to filing these claims or the lawsuit. He would rather be compensated.”
The pop singer’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, says in the counter-suit Ausbon had promised to keep the incident a secret upon payment. Brown however didn’t pay and Ausbon went ahead an filed his lawsuit.
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Last week, Brown admitted to violating the terms of his probation over a fight with a 20-year-old man in Washington, D.C. last November. While the criminal case against Brown is still ongoing, a judge ordered him to spend an additional 131 days in jail.
Brown’s assault trial has been delayed until June, reports AP, after prosecutors told the presiding judge that they wouldn’t grant Hollosy immunity to testify at the singer’s trial, reports Rollingstone.