Chris Brown's arrest rumors circulated while the singer was backstage at the Shrine Auditorium, getting ready to perform for the BET Awards. Various reports came in via Twitter that the artist was detained for gun possession.
Chris Brown's arrest reports turned out to be nothing more than empty speculation, although the premise was certainly believable. The credibility of the report was bolstered by Connecticut hip-hop radio station HOT 93.7, who tweeted about the incident when the false news first broke.
"BREAKING NEWS!!!: Chris Brown Arrested for Possession of a GUN at #BETAWARDS!!!" posted their account before Brown performed.
The unconfirmed reports were subsequently scattered around the Twittersphere, despite the impossibility of the claim. The story claimed Brown had the gun in his possession to fend off a possible attack from rappers Drake and Meek Mill, whom the singer clashed with last month at an NYC night club.
However, Drake did not attend the BET Awards, so chances of any altercation were slim to begin with. In addition, Chris Brown has been on probation since his 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna, according to Zap2it.com.
"[Brown's] probation officer, located in his home state of Virginia, reports that Brown has been cooperative and compliant, and has passed all of his required drug tests," wrote the site.
Still, the rumors were rampant, so one of the R&B singer's representatives came forward to dismiss the trumped-up stories.
"Nothing of the sort happened," the rep told GossipCop.
The report fooled many though, who remember vividly the events of last month. Chris Brown's chin and Drake's entourage collided when the two music stars were involved in a melee at Club W.i.P. in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood in New York. Brown tweeted a picture of a large gash on his face from the fight, but later removed the post and the angry words that were with it.