Frank Ocean: 'No Criminal Charges, No Civil Lawsuit'

Singer suggests that he has forgiven Chris Brown

February 2, 2013 5:31 PM ET
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Frank Ocean arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6th, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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Despite recent reports that Frank Ocean wanted to press charges against Chris Brown over the fight that allegedly broke out between the two earlier this week, Ocean appears to be seeking peace instead.

In an entry posted on his Tumblr page this weekend, Ocean ruminated on his response to getting jumped. "As a child I thought if someone jumped me it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man," Ocean wrote. "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. Forgiveness, albeit difficult, is wisdom. Peace, albeit trite, is what I want in my short life. Peace." 

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Although he does not mention Chris Brown by name, Ocean seems to be referring to last Sunday's scuffle outside a West Hollywood recording studio, which reportedly broke out over a parking space. Ocean tweeted on Monday morning that he "got jumped by chris and a couple guys," and police investigating the fight cited witness accounts of Brown punching Ocean during a brawl that involved four other men from their entourages.

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