Tampa nightclub owner says Chris Brown punched someone at an after hours appearance

Chris Brown strikes again?

click to enlarge Chris Brown plays (flies away from?) Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on April 16, 2017. - ANTHONY MARTINO
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Chris Brown plays (flies away from?) Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on April 16, 2017.

Chris Brown had a concert in Tampa last night, and..well...he apparently struck again.

TMZ says the embattled singer arrived at Aja in Tampa's Channelside district around 1:30 a.m. for a paid appearance after his show at Amalie Arena when a house photographer started taking pictures (which Brown's team shut down). After a few more pictures were taken later in the night, things got a little hectic. We'll let the gossip site explain:

Later, while Chris was in the DJ booth, the photographer tells us he was taking crowd shots ... from behind Chris and when the singer noticed, all hell broke loose. The photog says Chris jumped over a couch and punched him in the face while he was cornered.

In the video, Chris is in red, his bodyguard is wearing yellow, and right around 20 seconds ... you can clearly see punches thrown into the dark corner.

TMZ says police were called to the scene, but Brown had left by the time they arrived.

"Incidents like the ones caused by Chris Brown and his team are very sad to see," Aja wrote on their Facebook page today. "As everyone witnessed he showed up to the club at around 1:30am. After only a few minutes of being there, Chris Brown himself and his team assaulted our club photographer and proceeded to walk out of the venue. AJA Channelside and our employees apologize for the inconvenience. Assault charges were pressed and we are dealing with the proper authorities accordingly."

Have a look at the video below and judge for yourself. See the photographer's face (which isn't as fucked up as Rihanna's was after Brown allegedly hit her in 2009) via TMZ.

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