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Chris Brown spotted 'choking' female pal, later claims he was 'playing'

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Chris Brown has been forced to explain his actions after pictures emerged of him appearing to choke a female friend.

The tattooed singer was spotted in Miami with his hands wrapped around a woman's neck as she was bent backwards.

The woman looks distressed as she's held by the 28-year-old star, who was without a shirt, before a second female appears to step in and put her arms to Chris' chest.

However, Chris, who is dad to three-year-old daughter Royalty, has since spoken about about the snaps and said the act was all in jest.

Chris' lawyer, Mark Geragos told the Mirror, "She's a friend. It's obviously playful as she confirmed. Whoever invaded their privacy will be held accountable."

In 2009 Chris was handed six months community service for assaulting his then girlfriend Rhianna at a pre-Grammy's party.

In other photos, taken on Monday morning, the woman is seen smiling as Chris releases his grip.

Earlier this month the R&B singer became embroiled in a backlash against social media app SnapChat when his image was used in a controversial advert.

The app was forced to pull the controversial ad which asked users would they rather 'slap Rihanna' or 'punch Chris Brown' which many users said made light of Brown's domestic assault against then girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

 Photo: Snapchat

Rihanna spoke out and urged fans to delete the app, writing on rival site Instagram: "Now Snapchat I know you already know you ain't my favourite app out there! But I'm just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I'd love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain't that dumb!

"You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!!

"This isn't about my personal feelings, cause I don't have much of them... but all the women, children and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven't made it out yet... you let us down! Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away."

Her comments sent Snap (SNAP)'s stock down nearly 4%, wiping nearly $80 million (Sh8 billion) from its market value, CNN Money reported.

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