Frank Ocean's cousin was protecting him in a brawl against Chris Brown

By admin
11 December 2013

Frank Ocean's cousin Sha'Keir Duarte has reportedly claimed he attacked Chris Brown and his entourage to protect himself and Frank last January, in new legal documents in his R30-million lawsuit against the Fine China hitmaker.

Frank Ocean's cousin has insisted he attacked Chris Brown (24) in self-defence.

The singer-songwriter’s relative Sha'Keir Duarte – who’s suing the Fine China singer for $3 million (R30 million) after claiming Chris' bodyguard violently beat him up when the two singers and their entourages got into an heated confrontation outside Westlake Recording Studio in Los Angeles in January – has confirmed he used force against Chris and his entourage but only did it to protect himself and Frank.

In new legal documents, obtained by gossip website TMZ.com, Duarte said he used reasonable and necessary force because Chris' pal, Hood, was allegedly on the attack and needed to be stopped.

Last week, Duarte submitted an itemised list of what he’s seeking damages for, including $1 million (R10 million) for pain, suffering and inconvenience and $1 million for emotional distress.

He’s also seeking $1 million for punitive damages and an additional $60 000 (R600 000) for medical expenses.

Chris – who’s currently undergoing a court-ordered 90-day stint at a live-in rehabilitation centre to focus on his anger issues – filed documents to counter-sue last month, in which the star claimed Duarte provoked the fight by threatening to kill him.

He also accused Duarte of kicking and punching him, and insisted he attempted to avoid the altercation "with the aggressive and hostile Mr Duarte".

- Bang Showbiz

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