Chris Brown was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of an alleged assault, and sources from TMZ have been confirming that the victim is his girlfriend Rihanna. Rumors were swirling all day Sunday that Chris Brown beat up Rihanna, but those close to the pair had been staying silent about what had occurred. Both were expected to be performers at the 51st Grammy Awards on Sunday night, but when both pop-stars canceled, Grammy officials had to scramble to find replacement acts on very short notice. That only caused the rumors to flow even more.
The story is still coming together, but early reports are that Chris Brown allegedly assaulted a woman at about 12:30 in the morning on Sunday, and that it became violent in his rented car. The woman went to police, and the LAPD immediately started an investigation into an alleged assault by Chris Brown. Chris Brown then proceeded to turn himself in, and was held on $50,000 bail. He posted that bail, and was back out in a very short amount of time, but that is when the gravity of the charges really started to come to light.
The 19-year old Brown was booked for making criminal threats, which could lead to a potential of nine years in prison if he were given the maximum sentence. This is worse than a domestic abuse charge, and it is being stated that this is typical in cases like these. The woman that had 911 called for her is reported to have visible injuries, and thus the booking came as a direct result. Chris Brown and his camp have not yet issued a statement, but a publicist for Rihanna alluded to the fact that she was happy to receive the well wishes of many fans.
This is one of those situations where it is a lose-lose for both of the young music stars. Both Chris Brown and Rihanna are two of the biggest up-and-coming stars in music right now, and a situation like this is not something that anyone would have expected from the duo. They both always have seemed to down to earth, so with a crime like this allegedly being perpetrated, it really comes as a shock. This is also not going to be good at all for the clean image that Chris Brown has portrayed in a lot of his music, whether the charges stick or not. As more details about the case start to come forward, there is sure to be a big public relations blast, but many fans still want to know exactly what happened.
Sources: Investigation of Chris Brown Assault, Both Stars Pull out of Grammy’s and Source says Girl was Rihanna