And that friend happened to be? Rihanna. Of course.
Early this morning (we're talking 4:30 a.m. early), Brown and Rihanna were spotted leaving a recording studio together after an all-night session.
Rihanna was riding passenger side in Brown's Porsche, though it's unclear if the duo was recording together.
The seemingly on-again couple's reunion happened hours after the trouble-plagued 23-year-old took to his private Instagram (there's no such thing as private on the Internet, Chris) and vented about his treatment by the media.
"Im a human being and I honestly think I deserve respect im sick of being accused," he wrote. "Just when everything seems to be going good, some new s--t happens."
And it happened in spades yesterday. His rant was preceded and no doubt prompted by the district attorney filing a motion to modify his probation stemming from his infamous assault of Rihanna, following doubts over his claims that he did indeed complete his court-ordered community service.
The two sides will attempt to settle the situation this afternoon, when Brown is due in court for a hearing on the matter.