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Chris Brown Crashes Car While Evading Paparazzi

Chris Polk/FilmMagic(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) – Chris Brown crashed his Porsche into a wall while evading paparazzi on the eve of the Grammy awards, police in Beverly Hills said.

A representative for Brown, who is nominated at tonight’s awards show for best urban contemporary album, said the R&B singer was on his way to a charity event when he was cut off by two vehicles.“The occupants then jumped out with cameras and aggressively approached his vehicle,” the singer’s representative told ABC News.

Brown reportedly turned down an alley to evade the photographers, but was trapped by two other vehicles and ended up slamming into a wall.

The crash comes at the end of a difficult week for Brown.

On Wednesday, he appeared in court to face accusations that he violated his probation by submitting false community service records in connection with his sentence for assaulting Rihanna in 2009.

At the hearing, Superior Court Judge James Brandlin asked for additional reports and set a new hearing date of April 5.

Mark Geragos, a lawyer for Brown, told KABC that Brown “didn’t violate anything.”  Geragos said the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office “should be ashamed of themselves [because] they besmirched the reputation of Chris Brown based on no evidence.”

Brown, by prior agreement, has been completing his community service obligation in his home state of Virgina, but the L.A. County District Attorney claimed in legal documents, posted by the Los Angeles Times, that Brown may have faked his community service work and that documentation of his hours were, “at best sloppy, and at worst fraudulent reporting.”

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Stars Come Out for Golden Globes Pre-Parties

Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet(NEW YORK) -- Though the show’s still hours away, Golden Globes celebrations are in full swing. At the HBO Luxury Lounge in Los Angeles Saturday, “Real Housewives” of Beverly Hills mingled alongside stars from “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones.” Attendees checked out gadgets from Motorola, got makeovers at the L’Oreal Beauty Suite, and tried on Pandora’s latest line of charm bracelets.

One of the biggest pre-parties of the weekend went down Saturday night at Mr. C in Beverly Hills. Moët & Chandon filled up champagne flutes in honor of the Weinstein Company’s nominations, including “Django Unchained,” “The Master” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Kerry Washington, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Bradley Cooper, were among the stars cheering in hopes of victory tonight.

London took over L.A. at Saturday afternoon’s BAFTA tea party. Stars like Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Kathryn Bigelow, and Ben Affleck nibbled on tea sandwiches and fruit tarts, according to USA Today. ‘Les Misérables” co-star Amanda Seyfried momentarily quickened pulses, telling reporters that her outfit for Sunday night is “made of leather and it’s a bodysuit.” But she admitted she was just kidding.

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Harold Smith Suicide Gun Likely Used to Murder Hollywood Publicist Ronni Chasen, Police Say

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The gun used to kill Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen most likely is the same one that a "person of interest," Harold Martin Smith, killed himself with last week, according to preliminary police ballistics tests.

"Preliminarily, we believe it was a random act, and we believe Mrs. Chasen was going to be the victim of a robbery," Beverly Hills Police Sgt. Mike Publicker said.

Chasen, 64, who represented A-list movie stars and promoted some of Hollywood's top films, was driving to her Beverly Hills home on Nov. 16 after attending the premiere party for the movie Burlesque when she was shot five times.

Despite coverage that has speculated Chasen was killed as part of an elaborate plot, police now believe Smith, 43, an ex-convict, simply rode a bicycle alongside Chasen's Mercedes-Benz and opened fire as she waited to make a left turn off of Sunset Boulevard.

"We believe that Mr. Smith acted alone," Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden said. "We don't believe it was a professional hit."

Acting on information from a tipster to the TV show America's Most Wanted, police sought to question Smith at his home in Hollywood's Harvey Apartments on Dec. 1, they said. Before they could talk to him, though, he shot himself to death, splattering the apartment lobby with blood.

Smith boasted about committing the murder, claimed he had $10,000 coming to him for the crime and said he would not be willing to return to jail, neighbors told ABC News.

Beverly Hills Police repeatedly emphasized that the ballistics results matching the guns was preliminary and that the investigation continues.

"Through the interviews and the information we received," Publicker said, "that leads us to believe that he was at a desperate point in his life, and was reaching out and doing desperate measures."

Earlier reports that ballistics had failed to link the guns in the two crimes also were incorrect.

"That was wrong," Snowden said Wednesday. "It was erroneous information."

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