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Chris Brown Spends Less Than An Hour In Jail, Threatens Retirement

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Chris Brown is having a difficult year and as he’s done in the past, has taken to Twitter to voice his gripes.

His album, X, is due to drop August 20 on RCA, but lately he’s been in the press more for his trouble with the law than his music.

In June, Brown was formally charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney for a hit-and-run and driving without a license stemming from a traffic incident this past May. He has since decided to turn himself in for the charge, according to reports.

According to MTV News, Brown turned himself in yesterday (August 5) for the hit-and-run case. Within an hour, he was booked and released.

“Brown arrived at the Van Nuys jail at 2:40 p.m. and was booked two minutes later and then released at 3:22 p.m. with no bail,” records from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department report.

His time in jail was so short that many — including the sheriff’s department — didn’t even know about it. Upon contacting the Office for the City Attorney of Los Angeles, spokesperson Frank Mateljan knew nothing of Brown’s arrest.

“He may have surrendered from booking per order of the court,” Mateljan told Radio.com. “I don’t that it was anything major. It may have been just surrendering from booking.”

Steve Whitmore, a spokesperson from L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, confirmed that he was booked at one of his stations. “He got booked and he left,” he said, refusing to elaborate.

In June, Radio.com spoke with Mateljan of the hit-and-run incident. “I can confirm that the City Attorney’s Office did file two misdemeanor charges against rapper Chris Brown that includes hit and run and driving without a valid license,” Mateljan said. “Charges stem from a minor traffic incident in May (May 21) of 2013. The maximum exposure on both of these charges total is one year in jail and is arraignment is set for July 15 in Van Nuys Superior Court.”

This isn’t the first time this year that Brown has been in trouble with the law. In May, his neighbors complained when he took to graffiti on the walls outside of his Hollywood Hills home. He was later issued a citation to take down his murals.

Related: Chris Brown Fighting Neighbors Over Monster Murals

Brown’s issues with his neighbors are the latest in an ongoing string of controversy surrounding the singer. He was called for prosecution in Ghana after smoking what was purportedly marijuana onstage at a concert in the country, and threatened a Los Angeles valet over a $10 parking fee.

Brown is set to return to court on August 16 for further proceedings after the District Attorney’s Office let him go after his probation was revoked. He could face possible jail time for his assault on Rihanna.

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