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R&B singer Chris Brown booked on suspicion of making felony criminal threats

[Updated 9:21 p.m.] R&B singer Chris Brown has been booked tonight on suspicion of making felony criminal threats in connection with an incident involving his girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna, according to Los Angeles Police Department sources familiar with the case.

Brown was booked at the Wilshire Division station and posted $50,000 bail, sources said. He left the station before 9 p.m.

Los Angeles police said earlier they planned to detain Brown for questioning on an alleged domestic violence assault. In an updated statement tonight, police said, additional charges may be filed against Brown when the case is presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Brown listed his residence as Washington, Va.

[Updated 7:25 p.m.] Brown arrived at the Wilshire Division police station before 7:15 p.m., accompanied by his attorney Mark Geragos and Geragos' investigator, Scott Ross. The pair drove into a parking lot behind the police station on Venice Boulevard just east of La Brea Avenue in a black Cadillac Escalade. They entered through a back door where a posted sign read “authorized personnel only.” Police are expected to release a statement later this evening

Both Brown and Rihanna canceled their performances at tonight's Grammy Awards.

The alleged incident was reported about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in Hancock Park.

Brown and Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, were apparently in a car together and got into an argument on North June Street, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. Brown stopped the car, the two got out, and the argument escalated, according to police.

A witness called 911, but Brown was gone when officers arrived at the scene. The woman suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker, according to police.

Brown and Rihanna had appeared together Saturday night at Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy gala in Beverly Hills.

Shortly before the Grammy show began at 5 p.m. at Staples Center, Grammy officials issued a statement saying, "We have just been informed Rihanna will not be attending tonight’s 51st Grammy Awards. Rihanna will not be performing. We are sorry to see she is unable to join us this evening.”

A publicist for the Barbados-born star, who sold more digital song downloads than any other 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.

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

--Andrew Blankstein, Geoff Boucher and Ari Bloomekatz

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Yikes! What a terrible story. I hope that there's no cover-up and that everything gets resolved ASAP.

thats dumb somebody is always trying to start rumers and news papers are not making it any better by running articles without interviewing the acused thats how people get sued

i have a hard time believing that a small guy like Chris Brown punched Rihanna (not that he couldnt do it).
Poor Rihanna what in the world was his problem, what a loser.

Wow I can't believe this. This was something you usually read on April fools day but it turned out this is real

That is the reason why people must not let their children have movie stars and singers as no role model. These people are so messed up and ungodly, it is appalling. They go out and because they have so much money and so much time on their hands, they go partying all the time, they drink and get drunk, they run around with a different partner very often, they say and do thing more frequently than the normal person. It goes to show that money cannot buy happiness, real happiness comes from our Creator. If these people do not acknowledge their Creator, then they have not respect for themselves or others. In hollywood, almost every second person does drugs. It is a sinful and disgusting place. The best thing Rihanna can do is move on with her life and give Chris the door. If he can start beating her and they are not married, what would happen when they do get married and are living together. Take this as a warning and leave while you can.

As a man I hate the fact that we as men think that we have the right to hit on women. When the good lord made women to be our helpmate I don't think that he wanted us to hit and beat on them the way some men do and those men make it hard on the good guys. I believe that laws have to be harder or put them in a room for 24hours with some of these ladies Fathers, Brothers and Uncles and see how they feel when someone hits on them? Shame on you Chris Brown no matter what she said or did...................

Before all the domestic abuse people jump on the bandwagon and get to flapping their gums, let's wait to see what really happened. There are three sides to every story (hers, his, and the real story).

Butt I will say this.... knew it was something strange about that girll......wouldn't have wanted her with my son.

Keeping you in my prayers, Chris.


Like any other celebrity he'll probably get off with probation and be fined. If it was anybody else they would get jail time and a huge fine and have to do community service. Nice to be a celebrity with lots of money

Maybe she was seein ne-yo? I would be upset too....

that's a shame I hope this isn't true. He too young to be beating on women.

It's hard out there for a pimp...


i understand that this is all fascinating, but please lets give them some rest, stop posting ridiculous stories about herpes and so on. give it time and all shall be relieved.


i think rihanna is a big lier chris brown would never do anything like that from now on i do not like rihanna because she lied on chris brown one of the most nicest guys ever probably i mean have you seen the guy he is so hot but back to the real issue rihanna is lying and i am 100% on chris browns side that all i have to say for now and oh ya i love you chris brown i love you i love you i love you chris brown

She should have Jay Z go after him and punk him out! I hope she has enough sense to get out of that relationship right quick.

Rants, Thoughts & Merde

chris brown is soo beautiful hes my husband.. i hate rihanna! :(
i love you christopher maurice brown!


It's a shame that we live in a culture where people like Missy can blame it on, "knew it was something strange about that girl, " right after saying we should wait to hear the full story. Way to blame the (alleged) victim!

What woman did your son beat?

Sorry, but that's the only explanation I can think of to explain why you don't want all of us, "domestic abuse people" flapping our gums.

Even if he were an ordinary citizen, he would not get jail time. Probation and fines are typical for domestic violence cases.

I was very dissapointed to read of this information that chris and rihanna were involved with domestic violence in their relationship but on another site I read the alegations that fused chris brown to hit her is because she.... Gave him herpes but I myself do not know if these acussations are true on rihanna's part if it is true that is horrible if it's not my boy chris needs to get it together.


moy loy - granted its not good to do this kind of thing, but you think its only because they are in Hollywood? Please, this happens every.single.day. I hate the generalization that if you are a celebrity that you are all about drugs and nothing else.
I really can't see CB doing this. Then again, I have no reason to assume Rihanna is mentally unstable like some people have said.
I only wish both of them the best. But for all we know, this story is completely wrong, I prefer to wait for CB and Rihanna to release their own statements, hopefully they'll provide more insight instead of just a minute statement that doesn't really tell us anything.

Some of you people are perfect examples of non-educated, abuse supporters! You dont know Chris Brown or Rihanna but yet you act as though you were talking to them on the phone five minutes ago? It is so ridiculous how delirious some of you are. You have know idea what any person is capable of when pushed far enough. Not Chris Brown, not OJ, not Ike Turner right? So although you may idolize Chris Brown, that means nothing as far as what happened. Your opinion means nothing in the bigger picture. Someone was hurt last night and sustained VISIBLE bruises to the point where they could not go out in public. hmmmmm... let me think yeah that must mean she is making it up and "lying on him" along with police who did witness it. Please.... learn to speak and spell properly, take a self esteem lesson, find some other bad example to idolize, and get a life.

What a blessing, and a CURSE, it is to be young, popular and have TOO MUCH money & fame! My 12 yrs old daugther idolizes Chris Brown (in a good way). She has posters all over her wall and even named her bird, Chris Brown Jr. I pray that this youngman finds his strength to grow into his MANHOOD. I know in his book (of course, my daughter has it) he spoke about his father abusing his mother. This does not justify his actions, IF they are true. For, NO MAN should every strike a woman. And, NO WOMAN, should ever strike a man as well!!! Time will reveal the truth; and then again, maybe not....WE all know that the media is not always fair in it's news reporting! God Bless you, Chris!! God Bless you too, Rhianna!

ok first off i dont think chris brown hit rhianna.come on look at chris that boy wouldnt hurt a soul.i think rhianna jus wants a story,but then again i could be wrong.but do you really think chris brown would do such a thing? i love rhianna as a singer but i like chris brown more and its not just because hes handsome but because i knw he has a good heart.ok so what they got into an altercation..who doesnt get into one every now and then with their significant other?but rhianna probaly got into it with someone else and she was mad at chris and wanted to blame it on him because he pissed her off....get off my boy chris and try putting some of the blame on rhianna.

ill always have your back chris,

I think you guys are taking stuff way out of proportion! I am not saying that domestic violence is cool, but a person is innocent until proven guilty. We as people are so quick to judge and not know the facts. " We" were not there at the scene so "we" don't know what actually has taken place. "We" can only go by what the media tells us which is not always true. If Chris Brezee did what he did, shame on him! If Rhianna is lying or making a dramatic situation out of nothing, then shame on here. The truth will come out and for now people just chill out because you really don't know! So just remember we are all human and we all got skeletons in our closet. At the end of the day these people that are so called looked at as role models, but the real role models should be first your parents and then your school teachers, or grandparents.

what a tard

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