LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Brown has been charged with two
felonies stemming from an argument with his girlfriend, Rihanna,
court documents show.
Brown is expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges
of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal
threats. The 19-year-old R&B singer remains free on $50,000 bail.
The felony complaint handed down in court Thursday morning
identifies Brown's alleged victim only as "Robyn F." Rihanna's
real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
If convicted, the possible sentence ranges anywhere from
probation to four years and eight months in state prison, said
district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.
According to a detective's affidavit, Brown and Rihanna got into
a fight early Feb. 8 after the "Umbrella" singer checked her
boyfriend's cell phone and found a text message from another woman.
Brown pulled his car over and tried to push Rihanna out, but she
was still wearing her seatbelt, Los Angeles police Detective De
Shon Andrews wrote. He said Brown pushed Rihanna's head against the window, punched her with his right hand, and then continued driving while hitting her, the affidavit states. He also bit his girlfriend
on the ear, the affidavit states.
The affidavit was filed as part of a search warrant request for
the phone records of Brown, Rihanna and her assistant.
Brown allegedly threatened to kill Rihanna after she pretended
to leave a phone message with her assistant, telling her to have
the police waiting at her house.
Andrews described Brown's blows as causing Rihanna's mouth to
fill with blood. He also writes that Brown tried to choke Rihanna
after she took the keys to his car away.
Brown was arrested hours later and booked him on suspicion of
making criminal threats. Police said at the time a woman identified
Brown as her attacker during an early morning dispute in an upscale
Los Angeles neighborhood.
A phone message left for Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, was not
immediately returned Thursday. Brown's publicist Tony Knight said
any statement would likely come from Geragos after today's hearing.
Rihanna's spokesperson had no comment on the charges filed
Brown issued a statement a week after the incident saying that
he was "sorry and saddened" about the incident. Rihanna also
later issued a statement, saying she wouldn't comment on the
alleged beating at the request of authorities. She thanked fans for
Brown's arrest has been a dent in the "Run It!" singer's
squeaky-clean image, and compelled sponsors to drop him or not
renew his deals.
The alleged attack also came hours before the couple were
scheduled to appear and perform at the Grammy Awards. Both were
no-shows for event.
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