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 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 Jan. 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.
Washington gets three Image Awards
Kerry Washington was a triple threat at the NAACP Image Awards.
The star of ABC’s “Scandal” picked up a trio of trophies at the 44th annual ceremony: outstanding actress in a drama series for “Scandal,” supporting actress in a motion picture for “Django Unchained” and the President’s Award, which is given in recognition of special achievement and exceptional public service.
“This award does not belong to me,” said Washington, who plays a slave separated from her husband in “Django Unchained,” as she picked up her first trophy of the evening for her role in the film directed by Quentin Tarantino. “It belongs to our ancestors. We shot this film on a slave plantation, and they were with us along every step of the way.”
Washington, who plays crisis management consultant Olivia Pope on “Scandal,” serves on President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Rivera serious about U.S. Senate idea
Geraldo Rivera, who hosts a weekend show on Fox News Channel, says he’s seriously thinking about running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey. “Buckle your seat belts!” Rivera said before announcing, on his radio show on WABC-AM in New York, that he is “truly contemplating” a Senate bid.
He said he has spoken to some people in the New Jersey GOP about a run, but he didn’t say what they told him.
Rivera got a mixed response when he asked his 30,000 Twitter followers how they feel about him challenging either Sen. Frank Lautenberg or Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
The birthday bunch
Comedian Shelley Berman is 88. Actress Blythe Danner is 70. Actress Morgan Fairchild is 63. Actor Nathan Lane is 57. Actress Michele Greene is 51.