LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has charged singer Chris Brown with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license.
City attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan says the charges filed Tuesday involve a minor accident on May 21 in the San Fernando Valley.
If convicted, Brown would face up to one year in jail.
The pop star fought back on Twitter, calling the charge “really ridiculous” and tweeting, “It’s not a hit and run if u get out the car, exchange information.”
Arraignment is scheduled for July 15 at the Van Nuys courthouse, but an attorney can appear on Brown’s behalf.
Mateljan says the county district attorney’s office will be notified of the charges and it will be up to that office and the courts to determine if the case will have any effect on Brown’s felony probation in the 2009 beating of singer Rihanna.
In a string of Twitter postings, Brown said neither car was damaged in the incident and that he has a valid driver’s license.
“I gave the woman the right info,” he wrote. “She saw cameras and wanted to make a scene. She contacted the cops thinking of a payday from Chris Brown when I followed the proper procedures.”