BOSTON -- Nearly half of Boston youths believe pop singer Rihanna was responsible for an incident of alleged domestic abuse that left her bloodied and bruised, according to a survey conducted by the Public Health Commission.
Surveyors polled 200 city youths, ranging in age from 12 to 19, and asked their feelings about the incident, in which singer Chris Brown is accused of striking girlfriend Rihanna several times following an argument. The survey found that 46 percent of youths believe Rihanna is responsible for provoking the alleged assault. Additionally, 52 percent said Rihanna and Brown share responsibility for the incident, despite the fact that Rihanna had been beaten badly enough to require hospital treatment.
The whole thing came together when they decided to reconcile shortly after the attack. Sources tell us music producer Polow Da Don convinced both Chris and Rihanna to get in the studio and record a love song stat, stressing that timing was important because the heightened emotions would translate powerfully into the music.
Both Rihanna and Chris agreed and snuck in a couple of "late night" sessions that we're told were "very, very emotional ... the feeling in the room was pure love." Clearly, love hurts.
The song had been written for Rihanna before "the incident," but the producer felt it was even better-er now.
Meanwhile, can we next expect a new single from "Bebe Brown" and his ex? Yeah, the gospel singer has been booked for domestic violence, too.
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.
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.
and further proof they're back together:
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."
TMZ unleashes the pictures that could end Chris Brown's career, at least for the forseeable future. E! News reports the LAPD has launched an internal investigation and somebody could be in big trouble over the photo, if it turns out to be the real deal. And there's this:
A law-enforcement source close to the Brown investigation tells E! News that the leaked photo was one taken by a detective when officers first arrived at the Hancock Park scene of the alleged attack.
"There was another set taken at the hospital where the swelling is even worse," the source said.
Per the source, the fight began when Rihanna intercepted an incoming text message to Brown's cell phone from another woman. She later told police that this wasn't the first time Brown had been physically abusive.
But this time, the source said, "she may have thrown the first punch."
The insider also tells us that, within 48 hours of Brown's arrest, "a tabloid" offered "over a hundred grand" for a police photo of Rihanna.
"Internal Affairs is up in their butts over the leaks," the source said, adding that, even earlier today, LAPD staffers were being warned about leaking info. "They're threatening to administer polygraphs."
Brown has apologized (without getting specific about what transpired,) but that hasn't stopped the endless media whupping, although per E!, the media may be the least of his troubles:
At the request of the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, the R&B star is being investigated for a variety of felonies, including domestic violence, assault resulting in great bodily injury and—based on specific allegations made by Rihanna—even attempted murder, a source close to the L.A. Police Department's investigation tells E! News.
But as they build their case, the source says, prosecutors fear that making any serious felony charges stick could prove difficult in a case where there are no direct witnesses other than Rihanna and Brown.
Lingering questions from last night's Grammy Awards:
Is Rihanna the "unnnamed woman" Chris Brown was arrested for throttling, and is that why BOTH of them failed to show for the awards, rather than just him? Signs point to yes... and it gets worse, according to TMZ:
TMZ has confirmed Rihanna is the named alleged victim in the Chris Brown case and the allegation is that she was assaulted with a deadly weapon.
Law enforcement sources tell us the crime report calls the incident assault with a deadly weapon -- we do not yet know the nature of the weapon.
The crime report gives the victim's name as Robyn Fenty -- that's Rihanna's real name.
Another Q: what's with the Brit phenom M.I.A. performing on her freaking due date? And that polka dot outfit! WTF was that all about??? (BTW one of the funniest moments of the night was when the camera caught our friend M.I.A. scratching the bejeezus out of her wig ... er ... hair ... during the nominations for best new artist. Adele was chewing gum. She won.)
Worse, what the HELL was up with Kanye West's HAIR??? Was he trying to channel Rockwell from the 1980s with that mullet or what? I sure hope that was for a part in a movie...
And while we're on the hip hop tip, how in the name of God did the turtle-like Lil Wayne beat Jay Z (and Nas, for that matter) out of one Grammy, let alone THREE???
Jay Z had one of the best performances of the night, both with the "Rap pack" and with Chris Martin of Coldplay. Another good collaboration: Justin Timberlake and both Al Green and T.I.
All in all, I disagree with those who called it a horrible show, though it was a bit all over the place. But again, I could have done without the polka dot belly.
UPDATE: Chris Brown has been dropped as a spokesman for Doublemint Gum pending the outcome of the investiga... oh, hell, he's not getting that back.
Meanwhile, TMZ has updated their reporting to say that despite the police report, there was no weapon involved in the alleged assault, but that according to the law, a deadly weapon doesn't necessarily have to be a gun or knife (there may be an umbrella involved..) And get this:
One law enforcement source who has been dead-on so far claims Rihanna suffered contusions and bite marks.