Former Disney Star, Orlando Brown, Arrested on Domestic Violence, Drug Possession Charges
Say it ain’t so, Eddie!
Fond childhood memories of “That’s So Raven” across the country are being ruined by the news that former star Orlando Brown (Eddie, the loveable, goofy sidekick to Raven Symone) was arrested last month following an alleged physical altercation with his fiancee and possession of meth.
According to the Huffington Post, the event from which Brown’s charges stemmed occurred in January when he and his fiancee pulled into a parking lot in front of a police station in Torrance, California in the midst of an argument. An unnamed witness claims Orlando Brown then struck his female companion, prompting the witness to go inside and alert the authorities. Brown was immediately arrested, but his problems only worsened from there.
Reportedly, after being forced from his vehicle and escorted into the station, Brown was found in possession of Methamphetamine, causing his misdemeanor assault charges to be escalated to felony charges, as he was on jail premises at the time of the discovery.
So, if this incident happened in January, why is it just being brought to light? Well, that’s mostly Brown’s doing. Since being released, presumably on bond, Orlando has been documenting the entire process of fighting his charges on his Instagram account, drawing support from fans and criticism from those who believe he should handle this privately.
In a series of posts including a dozen videos Brown denied any wrongdoing and said the allegations against him were fabricated by TMZ. He also documented he and his fiancee, the same woman he allegedly struck, travelling to his court hearings. Perhaps the most distasteful part of these Instagram posts was the flaunting of his wealth; Brown posed in front of his Mercedes in his initial post and smoked a large, expensive cigar in a series of videos he made while heading to court.
As for the videos he so proudly posted, making light of the allegations against him, they are troubling themselves. In one he practically demands that his fiancee tell viewers he didn’t beat her, which she of course does with a bit of forced laughter from the pair. Another shows Brown on the steps of the courthouse, still not taking the situation seriously, making allusions to Suge Knight, who has an extensive criminal record including multiple assaults, gang involvement, and drug possession. His final video in the series shows him telling viewers that his case may be dismissed due to repeated continuances. Brown gloats, saying “sorry, TMZ, I didn’t fall for that. I pushed it back.”
Trouble has followed the former Disney star nearly since “That’s So Raven” ended. In 2007 he was arrested for possession of marijuana, then there was a DUI arrest in 2011 and 2013. Perhaps the most troubling legal trouble Orlando Brown has been tied to was in 2014 when he accepted plea deal for threatening a woman, her (already deceased) mother, and her child. In the taped audio tied to that case you can hear Brown screaming in anger about his fame and power after the woman says she turned down his request for sex. She also tells the dispatcher he is a known alcoholic and appeared to be drunk at the time.
Frankly, all of this drama is terrifying and I have genuine concern for his fiancee. As many know, fear and manipulation can keep people- both women and men- in abusive situations; they want to leave but feel as though they can’t. Brown has exhibited stunning anger issues and a belief that he is above the law, which would only make it harder for her to leave if she does in fact need to.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and in need of help, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
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Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.