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Witness may be key in Chris Brown case

A 911 call may be key in the alleged assault involving R&B performer Chris Brown and singer Rihanna.  The call came from a witness who apparently had no idea he or she was stepping into a high-profile celebrity case.

LAPD sources say the witness, who remains unidentified, did not know entertainers were involved when reporting early Sunday morning that a violent altercation was taking place on a quiet Hancock Park street.

Detectives are still gathering evidence in the alleged assault and have not yet turned the case over to prosecutors, who will decide whether to file charges against Brown.

“As of right now, nothing has been presented,” said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Brown was booked Sunday on suspicion of making criminal threats and was released on $50,000 bail. Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, suffered visible injuries in the alleged altercation.

Brown and Rihanna had appeared together Saturday night at producer Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala in Beverly Hills.  Police say the incident occurred afterward.

Both were up for multiple awards at the Sunday night ceremony, but neither attended. Brown, 19, turned himself into police after the show was underway.

Brown’s arraignment is currently slated for March 5. His attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately return calls. The rented Lamborghini Brown was driving is locked in an impound lot, police said.

A publicist for Barbados-born Rihanna, who sold more digital song downloads than anyone else in 2008 with nearly 10 million tracks, said Sunday night: “Rihanna is well. Thank you for your concern and support.”

Her song “Disturbia,” which she’d been scheduled to perform at the ceremony, was the sixth best-selling digital track of the year. She was replaced by veteran soul singer Al Green, who was accompanied by country singer-guitarist Keith Urban.

A spokesman for Brown’s record label did not respond to The Times’ request for comment. Brown finished 2008 as the fourth-best-selling artist in the digital realm, posting 6.8 million tracks sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Harriet Ryan

 
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When a man hits a woman, he might as well just wear a bright flashing sign that says, "I'M A COWARD".

He will walk away from this with a misdemeanor. What amazes me is that I was on a couple of "black" websites and couldnt believe my eyes as I read that she probably deserved it. I know this is not a cultural thing so whats the deal? Maybe this is what is accepted in their communities and I hope that he gets prosecuted to the fullest extent. In California you dont necessarily need the cooperation of the "victim". So long as the injuries are corroborated by the witness account, this case seems signed, sealed, and delivered.

wow i was so hurt when i heard this information on the radio in phx az on my way to school. I would never had imagine in a million years that chris brown would do something like this to the one he "LOVE" . but like they say you are innocent until proven guilty. but then on the other hand chris brown is probably guitly cause why would he turn hiself in if he did nothing wrong. i don't know what to believe nemore with all the blogs and media info on this case. i hope rhianna is doing well and its goin to be okay. just do what you hae to do to get thru this. much love to both celebs and i say they both should go there separate ways.
-tonya

I thought chris brown would never do something like this.
It makes it seem imposible. But things happen. I feel very bad for Rihanna
if i were her i would never see him again.

well
cris brown isn't the only bad person in this case because iknow his e-mail and he has told me that the discusion beteen him and rihanna has been occuring since a while and im not trying to save him from jail it'sonly that both rihanna and chris should pay for the action


p.s. i really don't agree to have ONLYchris in jail for that looong time!!!

plz write back and think about what i wrote it's no big pro.

Brown to start "Anger Management" classes in 5...4...3...2...1...

heyY, omgg i really am worried. i love them both. good luck chris and good luck rihanna. <3

its all lies. chris brown would never do it. rihanna admitted it wasnt chris who did the damage.

or mayyyybee he was defending her. dont jumo to conclusions.who knows who else was involved. suckers.

I'd like to know the full story about what happened. Sounds like a lover's quarrel to me. I'm not clear why law enforcement needed to go to the award's show to make the arrest.

This is really sad..and if i was her i wouldnt see him again either..but this doesnt sound like him at all...im a huge chris brown fan..and this is not him..

I'M STILL GOING TO SUPPORT CHRIS BROWN UNTIL THE END. I DONT CARE IF HE DID IT OR NOT. OBVIOUSLY SHE PROVOKED HIM AND EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES SO, IM NOT GOING TO DOWN TALK HIM NOR TRY TO BRING HIM DOWN LIKE THE WHITE MEDIA IS GOING TO. HE'S STILL A KID. KIDS MAKE DUMB CHOICES EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. GIVE THE KID A BREAK IT'S HIS FIRST TIME IN HIS 4 YEAR CAREER.

To be honest, i think this one of those Ike and Tina situations where the woman gets all the media attention and success and it creates jealousy along the way. Young love...... Theyll be alright.

It is ashame to see such a talented young man do such. me as a teenager would least expect this from chris. rhianna stay strong sweetheart I know others whom are or have been in the same situation. I love you both!

whatever happen chris brown i still love you
u are the best.....
if people forgave vannnesa hudgens for nudes
then why not forgive chris brown come on people he is the best

omg thought he was gd but he aint so shocked
she must have deserved it though or he cudnt do it
luv chris b so much xxx

Chris Brown is a PUNK! For knocking out Rihanna i hope she gets better very soon. And she should make a song about him and start some beef.

I feel for Rihanna, I hope she's doing well, but the fact she's still at the hospital doesn't sound too good to me. WE'RE ALL WITH YOU GIRL!


I LUV U CHRIS BROWN SHE JUST WASN'T MEANT 4 U

Damn, I was so upset to hear that this happened, Yes I never thought Chris would do that but when rage hits one thing can lead to another, no amount of
violence or abuse is okay by anyone. I hope Rihanna is okay. god be with her

I feel bad for what happened. But why would chris brown do something like what had happen that made him do that

I still cannot even think that Chris would do that but, it is still his life! Plus him and Rihanna were the best couple[to bad that it is over]Rihanna should not see chris again but,Chris did a very dumb thing and that was the most mean thing that a guy could do to a girl!I wonder why he did it!

Stop jumping to conclusions!! Everybody is jumping on him like he's the only bad person out of the situation. I'm sure she had something to do with starting the altercation too. Granted if he did hit her he was completely in the wrong but until the FULL story comes out cut him some slack.

I don't think my girl rihanna ws hurt by my boo chris brown. Matbe it was a ex- that said some unnecesary things that turned him off. or maybe it was rihanna if it was he probably did it out of love people these days do things out of love. That still doesn't gine people the right to dtart blamming him people need info that came from the suspect and the victim before the start running their mouths. and i'm not saying this just because i love him i'm saying this because this is how i fell about this whole situation. And if people thing i'm wrong or right or this is good or bad that's their opion and this is mine.

Doesn't Geragos represent all the losers??????

Seriously, when was the last time that dbag actually won a high profile case for his client?

Brown better get better representation...cuz he certainly won't be spending anytime under Rihanna's umbrelllaahhh...elllah...ellah...anytime soon.

 
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