Jill Scott gets backlash for praising “amazing” Chris Brown

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Jill Scott gets backlash for praising “amazing” Chris Brown

Jill Scott has been fighting for her life on social media after she praised Chris Brown, who has a long and storied history of violence against women.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, on Sunday (April 21), the R&B songstress appeared to be overly obsequious when describing Brown, calling him “amazing” and praising everything from his looks to his dance moves.

“@chrisbrown is amazing. How does ANYBODY sing like THAT? Dance, look, Act and Rap… like THAT? Beyond gifted. It appears, exceptional people have to go through exceptional [fire emoji]. There’s nothing to debate,” she wrote in the first post.

When fans began pushing back — with one saying that she could “never forgive me who commit crimes against women and children. They can not be rehabilitated” — Scott doubled down.

“And I caution those who refuse to forgive because they will undoubtedly need forgiveness at some point in their lives,” she continued. “We’re all flawed and need help. Power to people who move past violence. The past is a terrible reminder AND the future is ours.”

Check out some of the posts, and replies, below.

Despite Jill Scott’s praise of Chris Brown, he has a history of violence against women, and continues to have legal issues stemming from violence to this day.

Back in 2009, he assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna, resulting in him pleading guilty to a felony charge and accepting a plea deal of community labor, five years’ probation and domestic violence counseling.

In the documentary Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life, Brown described each violent detail of how the incident unfolded.

“I remember she tried to kick me, but then I really hit her, with a closed fist, like I punched her,” Brown said. “I busted her lip. When I saw it, I was in shock. I was like, ‘Fuck, why the hell did I hit her?’ From there, she just spit in my face … like spit blood in my face and it enraged me even more. It was a real on fight in the car.”

Brown’s violent felony conviction have resulted in him being denied entry into places like the UK, Australia, and Japan.

In 2011, Chris Brown was once again involved in a violent altercation after an interview with Robin Roberts of Good Morning America. After throwing a chair from the window of the GMA offices in Times Square, he violently confronted the staff of the show before stomping off.

The next year, Chris Brown was engaged in a violent altercation in a nightclub in New York City, after Drake confronted him about his violence against Rihanna.

After violating his restraining order in 2012, Chris Brown punched Frank Ocean in West Hollywood, CA, outside of a recording studio. While Ocean declined to press charges, Brown’s probation was subsequently revoked, and was slapped with 1000 hours of community service as punishment.

Later that same year, Chris Brown was again arrested for felony assault after brawling with a man outside of a Hollywood, CA hotel. He entered a rehab facility after he smashed up his mother’s car after the brawl, and was kicked out of the facility less than 3 months later for violating the rules. Brown was finally sentenced to serve jail time, and received 131 days behind bars.

After pleading guilty to yet another assault charge in 2014, Chris Brown’s probation was revoked in 2015 after it was determined he traveled to San Jose, CA, without permission from his probation officer. At that same San Jose concert, Brown was once again involved in a brawl, which escalated into gunfire, and resulted in five people getting shot.

Also in 2015, Chris Brown was involved in a brawl in Las Vegas, but his victim declined to press charges.

In 2016, it was confirmed that Chris Brown had been permanently banned from entering Canada due to his violent felony convictions. He was also investigated by the police for assaulting a woman and stealing her cell phone, and the woman subsequently sued Brown in civil court for the assault. Brown was subsequently arrested in August of that year after having a violent standoff with the police.

In 2017, Chris Brown was again arrested for punching a photographer, but the charges were dropped after the photographer refused to press charges. That same year, Karreuche Tran was granted a restraining order against Brown after she successfully proved that the singer violently assaulted her, and sent her violent threats over text message, throughout their relationship.

In 2018, Chris Brown was sued by a woman for sexual assault — and that same woman filed charges against Chris Brown in 2021 after the singer violently assaulted her. He was sued again for sexual assault in 2022 after drugging and raping a woman in Miami while at a party at Diddy’s mansion.

As of this writing, Chris Brown is currently facing a $71 million lawsuit from a former housekeeper, who claimed that Brown dispatched his dogs to attack her and her sister.