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Ocean not to press charges against Brown

The rapper was allegedly punched by Brown during a brawl

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  • Published: 13:51 February 3, 2013
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  • Singer Chris Brown performs in concert during the F.A.M.E. Tour in Los Angeles in this file photo taken October 20, 2011. Brown will be questioned as part of an investigation into allegations that he punched a man during a fight over a parking space in West Hollywood, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said on Monday. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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Frank Ocean says he won’t pursue criminal charges against Chris Brown, who is alleged to have punched Ocean in a recent fight. “As a child I thought if someone jumped me it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man,” the R&B star wrote on his Tumblr page on Saturday. “But as a man I am not a killer. I’m an artist and a modern person. I’ll choose sanity. No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit.”

Brown remained under investigation for his role in a fight outside a West Hollywood recording studio on January 27, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

Witnesses told deputies that Brown punched Ocean during an argument over a parking space. Ocean later tweeted that he “got jumped by Chris and a couple guys” and suffered a finger cut.

Brown has not commented on the allegation.

Whitmore said Ocean had said he “desired prosecution.” He said the investigation was continuing because Ocean has not told authorities that he’s had a change of heart.

“It’s ongoing until an official statement is made to us,” Whitmore said.

Brown, 23, remains on probation for attacking Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards and is due back in court on February 6 to update a judge on his progress.

Ocean is scheduled to perform at the Grammys on February 10, where he’s up for six awards including album of the year.

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