Breezy’s crew hurled an epithet at Ocean

A new police report claims that someone in Chris Brown's entourage yelled a homophobic slur at the R&B singer

Topics: Chris Brown, Frank Ocean, fight, Homophobia, faggot, sexuality, Music, rap music,

Although R&B singer Frank Ocean has since forgiven rapper Chris Brown for allegedly attacking him in a recording studio parking lot, new details continue to emerge about the highly publicized brawl. TMZ has today obtained the incident report in which Ocean told police that Brown and his entourage jumped him and called him a faggot. TMZ reports:

Ocean told police Brown tried to shake his hand, but Ocean refused, telling Brown he was in his parking spot. Ocean claimed that’s when Brown punched him in the face. According to the report, Ocean said two of Brown’s goons then jumped in to help Brown … pushed him into a corner and attempted to kick him.

Ocean — who revealed last year that he’d once had a romantic relationship with a man — also said he believes he heard someone yell “faggot!” but he’s unsure who made the statement.

Unfortunately, the attack itself, coming from the volatile rapper who’s become notorious for an explosive temper, isn’t totally shocking. But the slur sort of is. When Ocean revealed his same-sex love relationship on his Tumblr account last year, Brown offered support in a largely homophobic rap community, tweeting: “My Opinion on the whole Frank Ocean subject is ……… Love who u wanna love. It’s ur decision. People stop searching for BS. Everyone is so quick to point the wrong fingers at each other! Ask urself… Am I Doing everything I can to help the world ????”

And what’s more curious is that the comment — which had the potential to amplify the backlash against Brown and Team Breezy — didn’t surface until now. Neither Ocean nor those in his group mentioned the slur when discussing the fight.

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But Ocean’s handling of his coming out might itself suggest why he and his crew dropped it, because to Ocean, his identity as a musician has never been about his sexuality. He said to GQ in November about his coming out, “If I’m going to say this, I’m going to be better than all you pieces of shit. What you going to say now? You can’t say, ‘Oh, they’re only listening to him because he said this.’ No, they’re listening to me because I’m gifted, and this project is brilliant.” He added that, “I’m not a centerfold. I’m not trying to sell you sex. People should pay attention to that in the letter: I didn’t need to label it for it to have impact.”

And just like his music, Ocean didn’t need to fight Chris Brown to have an impact. He needed to forgive him.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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