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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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WOW!

What are the times comming to? I know someone who is engaged to a man who recently put her in the hospital for 2 days behind physical abuse. She was so ashamed that she didn't tell anyone when she was admitted.

This story is not a new tale. I can give different theories about why men do it. However, a new found goal in my life is supporting these women, and making them to know that they DO NOT have to put up with it. (Teach them how to play GRIT BALL.....Madeea:).

Im sure Rhianna is done with that little boy.

I'm so dissapointed-I liked them as a couple. I recall Chris Brown revealing that for years his mother was a victim of brutal domestic violence (her boyfriend). Im hard pressed to beleive that he struck that young lady. I beleive the witness who says she initiated the physical violence.

Oh, Laila - everyone is entitled to their opinion, Just as you are of course, but there is no need to verbally abuse those individuals who do not share your view/opinion. The constitution says, "Freedom of Speech" as well as "Inocent until proven Guilty". It is nice to have a place where all can voice a point of view - without being called ignorant, uneducated....thats far to intense to be about this particular situation.

We don't know what occured because we were not there. Did she produce the wounds to hurt his career? She never wants to see him with another or talk to another. She thinks he's her property and wants to carry him like a purse, close to her side or under her arm.

Did she do these things to himself? She admitted in her song that she needed rehab. Facts maybe close to fiction. Remembering what he saw his mother go through as a child he could have left her doing the fight and turned himself in later. A MAN!

Were there any marks on him? Bite marks - possibly done by self or someone else. Did she get in a situation that she couldn't explain and covered it with a jacket? Hummmmmmm Time will tell. Let's keep them both in our prayers.

I think it is absolutely a shame that people are so quick to judge. Nobody knows the full story about what happened and you are already trying to throw the boy under a bus. If he hit her then he was wrong for that but I personally am going to wait to hear the whole story. You are fair weather fans is what it sounds like. There have been rumors circulating for the longest about how obsessed she is with him so you dont know what happened. Always throwing stones we you probably live in a glass house yourself!

You guys are hilarious... First off let that man be innocent until proven guilty. People are running wild with no facts... HOW LAME! How do we know that she did not attack him and he was protecting himself! Maybe she had a bruise on her arm because he was trying to restrain her from hurting him???? We do not know what happend! God grow up! I do not believe in domestic violence at all, but I also don't believe in breaking down someone else's character with our ignorance. It's funny how people were loving him yesterday and know he's this and that. WOW!

for those of you who defend Chris Brown w/o knowing if this is true or not...all i have to say is that you are TRULY ignorant. Lets be real for a sec...you dont know CB or Rihanna & i'm sorry to hit you with the reality stick...but he's not your husband or your baby's father, get with it. They're both very young & its a shame that domestic violence would be an issue in such a young relationship. I hope that the allegations are not true as i am a fan of both CB & Rihanna. & they are both idolized by childred and teens all over the world. Anyway, for those of you without one, i actually have a life. back to work = }

I love how people are quick to make racist comments and blame the ghetto for this situation. Domestic violence happens in the richest neighborhoods. Its not just a problem of the ghetto.

How old is everyone on this site? No one knows how to spell!

This is not about being 'quick to judge'. The facts are that he was accused of hitting a woman. The police confirm that there were visible marks on the woman. It does not matter if it were a celebrity woman or not.
NO MAN HAS THE RIGHT TO HIT A WOMAN !!!! A real man would walk away and deal with any situation later when cooler heads prevail.

Before you judge,there is TWO sides to every story

I'm really relived to hear the truth from the EYE witness whom made the 911 call. I'm an advocate for women and do not respect any man who beats on a woman, but clearly this isn't the case. People have their issues, we should all mind our own business and let them move on. Let's not speculate and judge. I wish them well, and I pray that they can both move on to bigger things, the're young and inexperienced so, please let them be. Our job is to enjoy the're work that's it. God bless you Chris, and Robyn hang in there. Keep giving us great music, focus on that!

Jah bless!
Veronique.

In this day and time when young people resort to violence instead of talking it out or walking away. They need to get a grip on real love instead tabloid love for the cameras.
Sometimes we let the movies give us ideas that fail or get us in trouble. It is never good for a man no mater his size or fame. But it's also not very lady like to provoke by mad pie whole flapping at him to get a rise of anger.
Part in words not threats or violence.
Unfortunately the media and tabloids are given these prime career keeping opportunities when incidents like this happen.
Stay away from each other and focus on your careers; what's left of them now.

personally 4 me im not surprised i mean just cause he can sing and dance and make alot of money doesn't mean he's perfect so all u pple who are really surprised get a life and get over i mean gosh!!!!!!! he just a human being like you and me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

at first i didnt wanna believe it but from what he said on the tyra show about his mom being abused helps me to beleive that he did do this to her. ive always been a fan but if this is true he is going to lose some of his fan base seriously. Its sad that he would put his hands on her..if its getting that intense why not just tell her to get the hell out before you ruin your career...

-chelsey

chris is ok i like him but this can't be true if he beat her that's wrong cause u missing your self up am 13 and and i no how it feel i got in a lot of staff with friends and gotput in jail u don't want that cause u hot now all these girls like u and all these new songs am going to tell u whatmy mama told me do let these girls outhere get in your mind and miss u up

Wow I never thought Chris Brown would have the nerve i still cant believe he did it for no reason Rihanna had to give him one.

I am sure there is some truth to this story.If the girl was hurt , that is sad.Mr.Brown must be charged to the fullest extent of the law.Now for the reality. This will get buried in the media mess where Mr.Brown wil get something like 3 months of porbation, and some civic duty.This is L.A. of course, even violent crimminals that are famous never really spend anytime in jail.Thanks to the whimpy judges and coniving attorneys for making L.A. one of the best places to commit a crime and really do no time.

i don't know about all this i think is all a lie. it's too hard to believe!! but i guess we just have to wait till everything gets clear up! hope it aint true!

I love Chris Borwn and everything, but this shows you how phony any famous person can be. They put on a mask so they can attract an audience and bask in their riches like its honest money. Its so ironic that he would even do something like this because I've watched and read many biographies, abd Brown has reported that he had to watch his mother be abused while he was a teenager. The fact that he could do this to another female bafflies me, however, that part in his life could be just another lie. I hope God leads him in a path to do good for himself, but I'm pretty sure he's going to lose an abundant amount of fans after this ordeal is settled and over with. A shame too, because he was an excellent performer. Truly.

i don't know about all this i think is all a lie. it's too hard to believe!! but i guess we just have to wait till everything gets clear up! hope it aint true!

Chris brown, Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress all got arrested and charged for committing crimes. MICHAEL PHELPS is still free despite being in possession of a prohibited substance. That's a crime too. Where is the DEA? America's tw-faced, apartherid-like justice system amazes me!

Rihanna or Brown could have lost their lives with such an altercation. I suggest they both move on..they are too young and work too hard in a fishbowl industry to have to suffer such indignity. I know they both need counselling and Miss Rhi Rhi "ain't no man or woman out there you cannot live without sugar! You are in my prayers as is Chris for he needs help just like you but you need help separately not as a couple - as the blows start the coupling should end. Years later you two kids might be friends but unless you both have a death wish End the Romance NOW!!

I think it's so ridiculous how people defend chris brown because they think he's cute, or that he's too nice and wouldn't hurt anyone.

How does anyone KNOW that he wouldn't do that? What do they have to base it on? Do they know him personally?

Also, saying that rihanna had it coming, or that "I knew there was always something strange about her" doesn't mean that chris's actions are justified if he did attack her.

Although no one knows the full story, I just feel sick reading comments that say she deserves it, or that chris couldn't possibly have done anything just because he seems nice/looks nice.

plz dont say this is true t just dosnt seem real you know chris breezzy wouldnt do that right? oh god i feel bad for him . good luck brezzy!

 
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