Chris Brown fights with Frank Ocean, putting his probation in peril
By Bill Zwecker
January 28, 2013 8:06PM
The 40th American Music Awards - Arrivals
Updated: March 1, 2013 7:34PM
The much-publicized brawl between Chris Brown and Frank Ocean — reportedly started when the two music stars had a run-in over a parking spot outside a recording studio in West Hollywood — could spell more trouble for Brown.
The R&B superstar, under investigation in the incident by the Los Angeles County Sheriff, is serving five years of probation for his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna during Grammys weekend.
† Speaking of the Grammys, Ocean says he cut his finger in the Sunday fight with Brown and his posse, and tweets that it now is impossible for him to “play [with] two hands at the Grammys” next month. Ocean also is expected to press charges against Brown, with whom he has long feuded.
A source close to Ocean told this column Monday that Brown’s “still rampant homophobia is a big contributor to all this” — claiming Brown hurled an anti-gay comment at Ocean in the midst of the brawl.
YET AGAIN: For the many readers who keep telling me they would love to see the Kardashian clan disappear from the landscape of American popular culture — don’t hold your breath. In yet another grab for an expansion of the Kardashian family franchise she has so cleverly marketed, “momager”
Kris Jenner herself will be taking center stage this summer as host of a talk show called “Kris.” It will be tested on a number of Fox stations — including New York and Los Angeles — and, if the ratings are good, will be expanded in syndication to a nationwide audience.
This was the summer testing approach Fox took with both
Wendy Williams and Bethenny Frankel before giving their chatfests the official go-ahead.
† Knowing the show announcement was pending might have been one reason Jenner and her daughters Kim and Khloe Kardashian went on the warpath last week — particularly bashing scandalous allegations made by Robert Kardashian’s widow about Kris in particular.
The Kardashians were incensed that excerpts from Robert’s diaries were given by Ellen Kardashian to InTouch magazine, reportedly in exchange for an unnamed payment.
“No wonder they wanted to set the record straight. … All those stories about abusive behavior and infidelity could have made Kris a subject for her show — and not only the host,” zinged a Hollywood source who knows the Kardashians very well.
LOCAL LIGHTS: After a recent pre-opening screening of Chicago native Robert Townsend’s new film “In the Hive,” the director surprised moviegoers at the Chatham 14 by joining them via Skype from San Francisco to participate in a Q&A session about the movie.Starring
Loretta Devine, the late Michael Clarke Duncan, Vivica A. Fox and newcomer Jonathan “Lil J” McDaniel, “In The Hive” is based on an actual alternative school for boys named the Hive in North Carolina.
Townsend told the Chicago audience how happy he was that Devine received an NAACP Image Award for best actress for her portrayal of Ms. Inez in the film — adding he thought fellow Chicagoan Duncan also deserved recognition for his performance in one of his final films.
“In the Hive,” written by another Chicagoan,
Cheryl L. West, opens exclusively at the Chatham 14 Friday.
NEW DIRECTION: Chicago’s historic Spertus Institute changed its name Monday to Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. In conjunction with the organization’s new emphasis on leadership development, New York Times best-selling author and statistician Nate Silver (“The Signal and The Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t”) will headline a speaking presentation at Spertus May 19.
TRUE TRIBUTE: Temple Am Shalom in Glencoe seats approximately 750 people, but an estimated 1,000 grieving friends and family members of Barry Lind made it SRO Sunday for the service honoring the memory of the hugely popular Chicago investment and trading community leader. As Barry was eulogized by Leo Melamed; Barry’s cousin, Alan Young; LiliAnn Zisook, and nephew Josh Koppel, the synagogue was packed with a legion of friends — still in shock — over that very generous and always positive man’s tragic death after being hit by a car near his winter home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., last week.
“This was a man who never could say no to anyone or any worthy cause,” Barry’s cousin Shelly Zucker said Monday. “He was the most caring person I’ve ever known.”
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Alpana Singh and John Ward’s new Boarding House eatery has been quite the local celeb magnet with weekend sightings including Jermaine Dye and Frank Thomas, WBBM-Channel 2 sportscaster Ryan Baker, WLS-Channel 7’s “Hungry Hound” Steve Dolinsky, plus WLS anchor Kathy Brock, hubby Doug Regan, Amanda Puck, Christina and Ron Gidwitz, Dr. Tim Garvey, Ron Huberman, Neal Zucker, Marko Iglendza, Linda Johnson Rice, Courtney Thompson and John Daley. White Sox great Thomas thrilled fans who also saw him at RPM Italian. … Hall of Fame pitching legend Goose Gossage was spotted dining over the weekend at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie with baseball exec Roland Hemond and Dr. David Fletcher of the Chicago Baseball Museum. … Larsa Pippen partied with pals at the Underground, while (separately) Jermaine Dye and Lance Briggs were also seen having fun at the popular nightspot. … Sports stars have been a major attraction at Chicago Cut Steakhouse the past few days — including White Soxers Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, Joe Crede, Aaron Rowand, Gordon Beckham, Chris Sale, Jordan Danks and Matt Thornton. … Beckham also made the scene at Bub City, where separately Sox teammate Brent Morel, plus the Royals’ second baseman Chris Getz, were spied. … Big Black of MTV’s “Rob and Big” stirred things up at Studio Paris.