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ABC casts Chris Brown for 'black-ish' guest role amid more claims of domestic violence

Rapper allegedly punches woman in a Vegas hotel

 

ABC announced Chris Brown will make a guest appearance on "black-ish" one month after a judge ordered the rapper stay 100 yards away from ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran.

The model alleged in court filings Brown has repeatedly threatened to harm her and has punched her, pushed her down stairs and told friends he wanted to kill Tran. The "Kiss Kiss" singer has fervently repudiated her claims.

The 27-year-old will play a famous rapper in an episode that will air March 29 – the same day Tran and Brown are expected in court as the model wishes to have the restraining order extended.

"Ms. Tran is looking to expeditiously close this matter and quite frankly be able to move on with her life and put this matter behind her as quickly as possible," Tran's attorneys told E! News.

Amber Brockman, a spokesperson from ABC told Fox News are "not commenting at this time" about Brown's appearance on the show.

The "black-ish" episode featuring Brown will be titled "Richard Youngsta" and will be centered on Anthony Anderson's character, Dre, who is working on an advertising campaign with Brown's character. Dre finds himself torn when Tracee Ellis Ross' character, Bow and Jenifer Lewis' character, Ruby, aren't thrilled about Richard, since he plays on negative stereotypes.

When the news of Brown’s upcoming appearance on the show broke, people on Twitter seemed to more than bristle at the idea. The rapper infamously pleaded guilty to felony assault for an attack on ex-girlfriend Rihanna hours before the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Chief communications officer for the National Domestic Hotline, Camika Crawford, told Fox News she hopes that Brown’s appearance on the ABC show will spark a conversation about domestic violence.

"Society tends to overlook incidents of domestic violence with celebrities and people they look up because it can be hard for you to think about that person in the light of them being controlling or abusive," Crawford told us.

It seems like everywhere Brown goes, trouble follows.

Wednesday Brown was booed off stage in Reno, Nevada, after refusing to perform. Ticket-holders were refunded their money.

Rebekah Sager is a writer and editor for FoxNews.com. She can be reached at rebekah.sager@foxnews.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebekah_sager.

 

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