Wednesday, February 11, 2009
IS CHRIS BROWN A WOMAN BEATER?
Troubled singer Chris Brown may have roughed up Rihanna before the alleged altercation that took place before the Grammy Awards early Sunday.
A Rihanna friend told US that the two's relationship had been "volatile," and that Rihanna had been sporting bruises as early as December, according to the story.
I asked if everything was OK with her and Chris." "She told me, 'We broke up again.' I didn't pursue the issue further."
Meanwhile, Brown may have more than just his problems with the police to deal with.
Hip-hop powerhouse Jay-Z, who rapped "99 Problems," was enraged when he heard that Brown allegedly beat up Rihanna, the R&B star whom Jay-Z discovered and mentored.
"He hit the roof," a source close to him told Us Weekly. "Chris is a walking dead man. He messed with the wrong crew."
Brown, 19, allegedly left gal pal Rihanna with contusions to her face, a cut lip, bloody nose and bite marks on her arm and fingers following an argument the night before both were to perform at the Grammys.
Residents called 911 after hearing her screams, and police said Rihanna's shrieks could be heard in the background.
"It mostly recorded the sound of a screaming woman," LAPD Detective Deshon Andrews said.
The couple had hit a rough patch in their yearlong romance, according to MTV, and blog rumors swirling around the pair - including offhand re marks about infidelity and fights - didn't help.
The LA blowup followed an evening of escalating tension between the two, which came to a head as they drove in a Lamborghini from a party at music mogul Clive Davis' house early Sunday and she tossed the car keys out the window, E! News reported.
"He pimp-slapped her and punched her in the face!"
Brown then allegedly choked Rihanna and said, "I'm going to kill you," E! News reported. When she slipped into unconsciousness, Brown allegedly fled.
Rihanna was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Brown later turned himself in and was charged with making a criminal threat. He was released on $50,000 bail. Both canceled their appearances at the awards show and later events.
WAKS-FM, a Cleveland-area radio station, has stopped playing Brown's music until the allegations are resolved; so, too, have stations in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.
Police handed the case over to the LA County prosecutor's office, which sent it back yesterday for further investigation.
Jay-Z has long been protective of Rihanna, the 20-year-old Barbadian beauty he helped make a star.
In 2007, Rihanna - whose song "Umbrella" was burning up the charts - acknowledged that Jay-Z had to give the OK before any guy would approach her.
"I just found out from a mutual friend that guys will talk to Jay first before they try to approach me," Rihanna told People magazine. "He's very protective. Jay has my best interests in mind.
"If it's a good guy, I know Jay won't shut him down. But if he's not, Jay will be, like, 'No, no, no.' "