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Chris Brown compares himself to crucified Jesus

Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM ET

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Chris Brown in 2011.

Chris Brown threw himself back into the headlines Monday night when he posted an Instagram picture of a painting of Jesus Christ on the cross and wrote, "Painting the way I feel today. Focus on what matters!"

The controversial singer was already back in the news thanks to an alleged fight over a West Hollywood parking space that reportedly took place between Brown and singer Frank Ocean.

Authorities responded Sunday night to a call of a fight involving six men, the LA County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

"Deputies talked to witnesses who stated that Chris Brown and the victim were involved in an altercation over a parking space," the statement added. "The altercation allegedly led to Chris Brown punching the victim."

Steve Whitmore, the LA County Sheriff's spokesman, said that no charges have been filed against Brown yet, but that Ocean "is desirous of prosecution in this incident."

On Monday, Ocean tweeted, "got jumped by chris and a couple guys. lol. i only wish (Ocean's dog) everest was there." A minute after tweeting that, he also tweeted, "cut my finger now I can't play w two hands at the grammys."

Ocean and Brown are both nominated for Grammy Awards. That ceremony will be held Feb. 10. 

A spokesperson for Ocean told TODAY he had no comment.

As for Brown, more than 2700 people have commented on his Christ artwork.

Wrote one, "Glad to see you are feeling pain like Jesus ... but there is no Jesus here, you burnt that bridge a long time (ago)."

Another fan was more supportive, saying, "You have good in you. I just want to remind you that if you have faith, nothing can separate us from our Lord Jesus."

And yet another moonlighted as an art critic, writing, "You forgot the arms, the outline is sloppy, there isn't any depth, the characters in the back look like midgets, you forgot 'INRI,' the anatomy is terrible, the green makes everything look nauseous."

Brown has a famous fan, too. In a cover story in Billboard magazine's upcoming issue, teen singer Justin Bieber said that while he won't be attending the Grammys this year, but he'll be pulling for Brown. "I'm a fan," Bieber told the magazine. "His music is really good. That's what they should focus on: the music."

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