Chris Brown is causing controversy again - this time, over his Halloween costume: The singer, who famously pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna, dressed up as an Islamic terrorist.
Brown, 23, is seen in an Instagram photo posted on his Twitter page on the holiday on October 31 wearing a turban, a long, fake beard, an ivory robe and bullet casings wrapped around his chest. He is standing up and holding an AK-47 assault rifle, which is pointed at the air. Near him are four other men dressed similarly and the entire group is posing outdoors, in front of a car.
"Ain't nobody [expletive] wit my clique!!!!" the R&B and pop singer, whose Instagram username contains the F-word, Tweeted.
On November 1, Brown also posted another photo of himself in his costume, without the beard, standing indoors at what appears to be a party with the other men as well as with actor and comedian Kevin Hart. According to E! Online, Brown and his friends attended Rihanna's Halloween bash in West Hollywood.
Brown's pictures drew a slew of comments from Instagram users - some negative and some positive (warning: Contains explicit language).
"Clique" is one of the tracks on Brown's GOOD Music compilation "Cruel Summer." Brown is promoting the October 5 launch of his Symphonic Love Foundation, which "supports and creates arts programs for youth while encouraging every day public service, respect and kindness."
Brown has gained a "bad boy" image in the press since he was arrested after assaulting fellow pop star Rihanna after a pre-Grammys party in 2009. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service and was ordered by the courts to receive domestic violence courses for a year.
In September, it was revealed during a progress hearing that he had tested positive for marijuana during a recent random drug test. It is unclear if it will affect his probation. Coincidentally, he is due back in court on November 1.
Rumors of a possible reconciliation between Brown and Rihanna have been floating around for months. They collaborated on two tracks in February, kissed publicly at the MTV Video Music Awards and were reportedly seen together on more than one occasion, including at a Jay-Z concert, about a month ago.
Brown is not the first celebrity to come under criticism over an Islamic terrorist costume. British actor and comedian Russell Brand was fired from his job as an MTV UK presenter for coming into work dressed as Osama bin Laden, the leader of the Islamic terrorist group al Qaeda and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the day after the tragedy.
Brand is now one of the most popular comedy actors in the world and has hosted the MTV Video Music Awards in the United States twice and earlier this year hosted the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.