American R&B act Chris Brown has said Brenda Chepkoech, the Kenyan woman who accused him of smashing her phone on Saturday, October 8 in Mombasa, just wanted free tickets – and when her quest failed, she decided to craft a money grab scheme, says TMZ.
Sources close to Chris Brown told TMZ that Ms Chepkoech was bugging Chris and company at the airport for free tickets to his show and for a selfie with the singer.
Chris told his friends at no point did he make physical contact with the woman or her phone.
A video shot by a fan, Peter Adamz, seemed to back up Chris Brown’s story, where you can see Brown walk past Ms Chepkoech, and her phone is undamaged after the exchange.
In an exclusive interview with eDaily on Sunday, October 9, Brown’s Kenyan rep, Thandie Ojeer, said Brown expressed his disappointment at the predominant perception people have about him – that he is violent – while in reality, according to him, he did not exhibit elements of violence at the Moi International Airport.
“He (Chris) said: ‘Not again. This is another lie about me’.” Thandie said.
“Chris was not really mad. You know when you are right you don’t have to get angry really. He was in such a good mood. He had such a good time,” added Thandie.
“It was his first time in Kenya. He loved Kenya and her people. He just happened to interact with a part of Kenya. Nonetheless, he experienced the hospitality and warmth of Kenyan people. He told me: ‘I like the country. I really want to do the safari (Kenyan tour), but…next time…’” said Thandie.
“He has promised to come back and stay longer, do the safari and interact with Kenyans. In short: He loved Kenya!” she added.
Chris Brown thrilled fans in an event dubbed Mombasa Rocks Festival which took place at the Mombasa Golf Club last Saturday, October 8.
Meanwhile, Tanzania’s Vanessa Mdee who curtain-raised for Chris Brown countered Ms Ojeer’s claims, saying the singer was in a very bad mood in the backstage – following the false accusations that were leveled against him.
“To be honest, Breezy was not in a good mood,” Vanessa told Clouds FM’s XXL Show hosts on Wednesday, October 12.
“Right from our arrival until we departed he did not even… Maybe the environment was not appealing to him. He was not in the moods to socialize with anyone,” added Vanessa.
Listen to Peter Adamz narrate what transpired at the Moi International Airport on October 8: