Chris Brown and Ten Other Famous Wife-Beaters
In 2009, a teenaged Chris Brown was arrested for beating the crap out of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. It was an ugly scene and everyone will always remember him as one of the most famous wife-beaters of all time.
Certainly, though, Brown is not the only male musician with anger management problems. From Ike to Yanni, there's been plenty of bad behavior in the lives of musical talents. In a business filled with giant egos, boozing, and drugs, it's no surprise that a few assholes have ended up throwing fists at their ladies.
In recognition of the Chris Brown show at the American Airlines Arena next week with T-Pain, Kelly Rowland, and Tyga, Crossfade is taking a look at ten other domestic abusers in music, two of the most famous sharing a surname with Chris. This can also serve as a who-not-to-date guide for the ladies out there.
10. Ike Turner
RIP Ike. For real. But this guy was really terribly brutal according toward his leggy songstress wife according to What's Love Got to Do with It. Tina was not only beaten endlessly for being more talented than Ike, but also emotionally abused. Ike, man, not good.
9. Nick Carter
OK, so part of you thinks it's perfectly acceptable to knock around Paris Hilton. But it's not. Though unconfirmed, the rumor was this Backstreet Boy manhandled the heiress leaving her with some bruises. It's possible they were sexjuries, but we won't know until the video evidence hits the web.
8. Bobby Brown
Oh, Bobby. Bobby, Bobby, Bobby ... We know you were probably smoking crack when you slugged lovely Whitney in the face. But that's no excuse. Hopefully, those anger management classes worked.
This famous New Age nerd was charged with domestic abuse for striking his lady in Florida. It's one of those little facts that you can always remember in horror when you're riding the elevator, faced with 20 seconds of the torture that is "The Storm."
6. James Brown
This particular Mr. Brown made things funky in his relationship when he got in trouble with the law for allegedly getting a little violent with his honey. Charges were dropped.
5. Axl Rose
Lead singer of Guns 'n' Roses apparently roughed up model ex Erin Everly and emotionally mistreated sexy Stephanie Seymour. This kind of comes as no surprise. Axl always read as angry.
4. Phil Spector
The famed music producer isn't just known for working with The Beatles and The Ronettes, he's also famous for murdering his lady friend actress Lana Clarkson.
3. Marty Crandall
This Shins guitarist and his former America's Next Top Model contestant GF Elyse Sewell were both put away for beating each other up. Much like the Yanni tussle, this nugget of bizarreness will work you through future Chutes Too Narrow encounters.
2. Tone Loc
Tone Loc not only got in trouble for getting violent with his baby's mom, he also had an assault weapon on hand. No funky cold media could improve this sad situation.
1. Vince Neil
The Motley Crue singer didn't quite beat anyone up. But he did get arrested for poking his girlfriend really hard... with his finger. Terrible joke. But he actually leave a mark. Neil, stay sober!
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