Chris Brown Counter-Suing Man for Extortion Over Alleged Basketball Fight
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.13.2014
Brown’s camp says he had nothing to do with the fight…
TMZ reports that Chris Brown is suing a man for threatening to tell Brown that the singer started a fight unless Brown paid him off. Brown was sued by Malcolm Ausbon over a pick-up basketball game at an LA gym last July, and Ausbon claimed Brown attacked him over a foul call and said he was a member of the Bloods.
Brown has now counter-sued Ausbon, claiming he had nothing to do with the fight and Ausbon knew it, but Ausbon tried to extort Brown for a quarter of a million dollars. Per Brown's new counter-suit, Ausbon admitted to Brown's camp that the singer was not the culprit, but Ausbon's lawyer made the following 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 went on:
"However, Mr. Ausbon prefers not to resort to filing these claims or the lawsuit. He would rather be compensated."
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, says Ausbon promised to keep the matter private if Brown paid him. Geragos said that Brown didn't pay Ausbon and filed the lawsuit.