This is the guy who sang "Sex Machine" and "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World"? Seemingly then, because of this the second, plus how many other charges, chauvinist pig becomes an adequate descriptor.

James Brown held over violent behaviour
(Filed: 29/01/2004)
James Brown, the soul singer, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in South Carolina. Brown, 70, has already served some time in prison and was previously accused of beating his wife, Adrienne, in 1995. The "godfather of soul" served nearly three years in prison following his arrest in 1988 for leading police on a car chase. He has had several run-ins with the police.

In February two years ago, Brown was accused of sexually harassing and wrongfully firing a female employee. He was cleared by a court in Los Angeles but his company was found guilty of wrongly dismissing the woman.

Later on the same day, James Brown, Godfather of Soul, was released, but not allowed to visit his wife, some 37 years younger, as this screed below demonstrates:

AIKEN, S.C. -- James Brown was released from jail on a domestic violence charge Thursday and denied accusations he pushed his wife to the floor and threatened her with a chair. The 70-year-old Godfather of Soul had been arrested the previous day at the couple's Beech Island home, and a widely circulated booking mug showed him wearing a bathrobe with his normally coifed hair in a mess.

"The main thing is I would never hurt my wife and beat up on her like that," Brown said after leaving the jail dressed in a red and black pinstriped suit and a black cowboy hat. "I love her very much."

According to a sheriff's report, Brown pushed 33-year-old Tomi Rae Brown to the floor during an argument in a bedroom and threatened to kill her while holding a chair over her. She had scratches and bruises to her right arm and hip and was taken to an Augusta, Ga., hospital, Aiken County deputies said. During a 911 call Wednesday, the couple can be heard arguing before Tomi Rae Brown tells the dispatcher she needs an ambulance. "My husband just, me and him got in a fight, and he decided he wanted to pick up some things and throw them around. And I got in the way and he threw me down to the ground," she said. "He held an iron chair over me."

Tomi Rae Brown was not present at Thursday's hearing. She asked that Brown refrain from contact with her as a favor rather than having the court order it, Ann Bullock of Victims' Services said in court. If convicted, Brown faces a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.

Brown's attorney Jim Huff said his client denies the charges and asked to have the case heard by a jury. Huff said he has seen cases in which a wife has inflicted bruises on herself and called authorities to "strike the first blow" against her husband.

Huff said the latest charges will have no effect on the state pardon the soul singer received in May. Brown was pardoned for a 1988 drug and assault conviction, for which he spent 2 1/2 years in jail, and a second drug-related offense in 1998. Brown was also arrested in 1988 after beating up his third wife, Adrienne. Huff said Brown planned to return to his Beech Island home once his wife leaves. Brown was among as many as 300,000 South Carolinians who lost power this week after ice covered power lines and broke tree limbs.

Huff said it was "regrettable" that Brown was not allowed to dress before being taken to jail and hoped the "humor would die down" from his mug shot. "We would have liked for him to have had a chance ... to change into street clothes," Huff said. "Mr. Brown had been at home without power for three days. No baths. So yes, he looked less than what he usually does."