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Rihanna and Bad Boy Brown?
Has Chris Brown danced his way to the dark side of celebrity for good?
Bite marks. Contusions. Missed Grammy performances. The Umbrella of gossip and news reports surrounding Chris Brown’s alleged assault Sunday of longtime GF Rihanna have had fans wondering – is it true? And if so, how dare he?
The bizarre incident allegedly occurred after the crooning couple, Brown, 19, and Rihanna, 20, left a pre-Grammy Awards party hosted by music mogul Clive Davis at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
TMZ reports that at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, LAPD responded to a 911 call in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Witnesses claim that the pair had been arguing inside of Brown’s Lamborghini when things turned violent. Police have indicated that Rihanna (who used her birth name, Robyn Fenty, in reports) suffered “visible injuries” including “contusions and bite marks.”
The Forever singer, Brown, had left the scene by the time police arrived, but he later turned himself in on advice from celeb-power-attorney Mark Geragos.
He was arrested shortly after and potentially faces charges of making “felony criminal threats,” which can carry a sentence of up to nine years in prison.
While both embroiled stars were nominated for Grammy Awards and slated to perform at the star-studded event, neither showed. Their last-minute withdrawal left Grammy producers scrambling to fill their slots. (Justin Timberlake volunteered to step up to the mic and jam impromptu with Al Green.)
Okay, so everyone has a bad day now and then. Who hasn’t screamed at a co-worker, indulged in something we knew was bad for us, or perhaps allowed our hearts to stray from time to time?
We all know celebrities are not immune to temper-tantrums or lapses in judgment. (SEE: Christian Bale, Michael Phelps, Hayden Panettiere) . And it follows that people who lead high-stress, high-profile lives are at an even greater risk of blow-up-exposure due to ceaseless hounding by pestering paps and iPhone-wielding fans.
However, there is a hard line between hitting your limit and hitting your girlfriend, and Chris Brown has definitely crossed it.
These public-relations nightmares are undoubtedly painful and embarrassing for everyone involved. Usually, the shamed parties issue a speedy apology via press release and play nice with photogs to get back into glittering good graces. For many, that’s enough.
But considering the nature of the apparent offenses in this particular instance, Brown’s alleged actions might prove more difficult for fans to accept-and ultimately-forgive.
(How many of us hold a warm spot for Bobby Brown, for instance? Dennis Rodman?? Liza Minnelli??? All of these sometime-celebs have faced charges for similarly reprehensible and disgusting acts.)
Perhaps the most shocking aspect of this whole mess is that it’s in such great contrast to the image Brown has projected in the past.
In a 2007 GIANT magazine interview, he spoke out about his own experiences with domestic violence, saying that, “[My steppfather] Used to hit my mom. He made me terrified all the time, terrified like I had to pee on myself. I remember one night he made her nose bleed. I was crying and thinking, ‘I’m just gonna go crazy on him one day.’ … I hate him to this day.”
While the cloudy details of this story continue to surface, one thing is clear; it’s disheartening. Et tu, Chris Brown? By most estimations, your stock went waaay up when you and the Disturbia songstress got together. Your performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards was supposed to be a key step in your skyrocketing career. I mean, you’re the fresh-faced, Ellen DeGeneres-wooing, Wrigley’s Doublemint gum-spokesman, for goodness sakes!
Or at least, he was. Brown has since been dropped from his contract as head gum-hawker the All-American company. Bubble officially burst.