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Chris Brown charged with hit-and-run, driving without a license

The singer, already facing a charge connected to his felony assault of girlfriend Rihanna, has reportedly been charged with a hit-and-run and driving without a license.
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A screenshot of Chris Brown's Twitter page, showing the avatar as a photo of him with the Mercedes he allegedly rear-ended. (Twitter/Screengrab)

Chris Brown has reportedly been charged with a hit-and-run and driving without a license.

The singer, who already faces a charge that he violated his probation in connection with his felony assault conviction for beating his girlfriend Rihanna, has tweeted in his own defense.

For added emphasis, Brown, 24, also changed his Twitter avatar to a picture of himself and the woman standing by her Mercedes, which he allegedly hit (see accompanying screenshot).

According to TMZ's report, he rear-ended the Mercedes last month and then refused to provide his driver's license number, gave incorrect insurance information and then left the scene.

Brown subsequently tweeted:

However, the LA City Attorney has filed two criminal charges — hit-and-run and driving without a valid license.

According to the LA Times, Brown faces up to six months in jail on each offense if convicted.

If Brown were found to have violated his probation, he may have to serve up to four years in prison.

Brown also had a message for the media reporting the incident:

"My lawyers will be contacting you. I will not stand for this bullying and yellow journalism!"

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