|Chris Brown in court
The conventional wisdom would suggest that it is, despite his apparent kiss and make up routine with Rihanna in Miami Beach. The problem? The details. And they're leaking fast... from TSG, we get the LAPD search warrant application, seeking Rihanna's cell phone records. According to the affidavit, the argument began when Rihanna picked up Chris' cellphone and saw a text message from "a woman Brown had a previous sexual relationship with." During the argument, Brown pulled the car over, reached over her and tried to push her out of the car. When her seat belt prevented him from pushing her out, the warrant app says:
"he took his right hand and shoved her head against the passenger window of the vehicle causing an approximate one inch raised circular contusion. [Rihanna] turned to face Brown and he punched her in the left eye with his right hand. He then drove away int he vehicle and continued to punch her in the face with his right hand while steering the vehicle with his left hand. The assault caused [Rihanna's] mouth to fill with blood and blood to splatter all over her cloting and the interior of the vehicle."Not good. According to TSG, it gets worse:
He then allegedly punched her repeatedly and warned, "I'm going to beat the shit out of you when we get home! You wait and see!" Bloodied, Rihanna reportedly then called her assistant Jennifer Rosales and left a message asking the aide to call police. Brown responded, the affidavit notes, by saying, "You just did the stupidest thing ever! Now I'm really going to kill you!" ... Brown was charged today with assault and making a criminal threat, both felonies... [Emphasis added]That's actually a mild version of the continued assault, which you can read in excruciating detail here. According to the police, Chris basically beat Rihanna all the way home, put her in a head lock, and even bit her. The tail end of the assault, or at least Rihanna's cries for help, were noticed by a neighbor, who called 911.
Worse still, the app states that Chris contacted Rihanna's assistant on the night of the assault, wanting to know if his battered girlfriend had given police his name (consciousness of guilt, anyone?) Later, he texted the assistant saying he was sorry and "was going to get help." (Consciousness of P.R., anyone???)
If all of this is true and accurate, Chris Brown is going to have one hell of a time rehabilitating his image, no matter how much time he and "Ri-Ri" spend at Diddy's crib. I suppose he could use a number of defenses: temporary insanity? Extreme intoxication? He does have a good lawyer (Mark Geragos), and word on the street is that Rihanna may not want to testify against him. And TMZ reports:
... it seems Brown wants to avoid a trial at all costs because the picture of Rihanna taken one day after the incident -- which has not been seen anywhere publicly -- is unbelievable.and further proof they're back together:
During the proceeding, Brown signed a waiver of presence, allowing his lawyer to act on his behalf -- meaning he won't have to show up to any minor court proceedings before April 6th.
The judge asked Rihanna's attorney Donald Etra if there was a "no-contact order" in place, to which Etra replied, "Miss Fenty [Rihanna] does not request such an order."Sick situation.
Labels: abuse, celebrities, Chris Brown, crime and punishment, domestic violence, Rihanna