After beating, Rihanna feared 'monster' reputation for Chris Brown
Singer Rihanna said that even after Chris Brown viciously attacked her in 2009 on the eve of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, she felt protective of him and worried he'd be viewed as a "monster."
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey to be broadcast Sunday, a tearful Rihanna opened up for the first time publicly about that night. She said she was angry but also worried about what would happen to Brown.
"It became a circus. I felt protective," she said in a preview released by Winfrey's OWN network. "Nobody's going to say he needs help. Everybody's going to say he's a monster, without looking at the source. I was more concerned about him."
In 2009 Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. The attack -- in which police said Brown bit, punched and choked his then-girlfriend -- erupted as the couple sat in a car in the Hancock Park neighborhood after a pre-Grammy Awards party.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Brown was placed on five years' probation, required to attend a yearlong domestic violence prevention class and complete six months of what the judge termed "community labor" -- a more restrictive form of community service in which he was required to perform such tasks as picking up trash or removing graffiti.
-- Shelby Grad