Chris Brown involved in two 'domestic violence' incidents before February assault of Rihanna, report says
Chris Brown was involved in two unreported incidents “related to domestic violence” before the February encounter that left his pop-star girlfriend Rihanna bruised and bleeding, according to a probation officer’s report filed with the court for the singer’s sentencing.
The first of those incidents occurred in Europe about three months earlier, when Brown and Rihanna were in a “verbal dispute,” the report said. She slapped him, and Brown responded by shoving her into a wall, the report stated.
Just three weeks before the February incident, Brown and Rihanna were in Barbados, driving a Range Rover lent them by a local dealership, when they had an argument in the car. Brown got out and broke both the driver's and front passenger side windows, according to the report. No one was injured. The vehicle was repaired, and the incident went unreported to authorities.
A judge today sentenced Brown, 20, to five years of probation and 180 days of community labor -- to be supervised by the chief of police in Richmond, Va. -- in connection with his attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna before the Grammy Awards.
L.A. County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg also ordered him to stay at least 100 yards away from Rihanna, 21, for the next five years.
Brown was arrested in February for beating and threatening Rihanna, also a pop singing star, during an argument in a rented Lamborghini. The incident occurred as the couple drove home from a pre-Grammy party.
The news that Rihanna was injured and that Brown was wanted by police surfaced as scores of celebrity reporters awaited the couple's arrival on the red carpet.
Had he been convicted of felony assault and criminal threats, Brown would have faced a maximum of five years in prison.
-- Victoria Kim at L.A. County Superior Court