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Chris Brown rants against LAPD on Instagram, as Facebook Live shows police outside his home

The social network broadcasts a standoff after police respond to a call from a "female requesting help." Meanwhile, Brown posts his version of events on Instagram.

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Once again, Facebook is the site of coverage as it happens. In this case, the images are being beamed to the social network by a Fox TV affiliate in Phoenix, and not someone involved in the event.

The broadcast shows members of the Los Angeles Police Department outside the Tarzana, California, home of musician Chris Brown. The police initially responded to a 3:10 a.m. Tuesday call from a "female requesting help," said LAPD Officer Rosario Herrara. "The robbery and homicide division is onsite investigating," Herrara said.

Police arrived at Brown's home on Corbin Avenue around 3:15 a.m., according to the Fox affiliate's website. Brown also posted a live video on Instagram, in which he claimed to be surrounded by a SWAT team. Herrara said there was no SWAT team on site.

Brown's Instagram video so far has had more 716,000 views and more than 6,500 comments. The real-life drama is now the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter, with more than 350,000 tweets.

Police entered Brown's home a little after 1:00 p.m. PT, according to the Los Angeles Times. A video feed showed Brown peacefully leaving his house at 2:38 p.m.

Brown has had a series of legal run-ins since 2009, since being charged with felony assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna. That case was closed last year when a judge ruled Brown had completed his community service obligations from his sentence.

Facebook lets users upload videos to its main service or its Instagram photo-sharing service.

The company also offers Facebook Live, a video-streaming feature anyone on the social network can use. Like Facebook itself, the live feed is free.

Update, 2:40 p.m. PT: Adds new facts, including information that Brown walked outside at 2:38 p.m.