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Did Chris Brown Rough Up Rihanna?

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Teen dating violence is on the rise all over the country ... now it hits Hollywood.

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Last week was national "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week." But teen dating violence was back in the spotlight over the weekend as 19-year-old Radio Disney sensation Chris Brown allegedly assaulted his girlfriend Rihanna over the weekend.

Domestic violence often starts early, and teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 are at the highest risk of their lives, according to experts working to get that message out.

"Dating violence is something that is unfortunately very common, and certain red flags are considered normal in our society," said Becky George, teen dating violence education coordinator.

Teenagers and young adults sometimes think jealousy, for instance, is a way of showing love, George said.

It's actually one of the warning signs of a potentially abusive relationship.

Other red flags:
• excessive text-messaging or calling
• monitoring calls and e-mails
• frequently showing up unannounced
• telling the other person what to do and wear
• publicly embarrassing the other
• frequent accusations of "cheating" or flirting
• keeping the other from doing things they enjoy
• threats of suicide or self-injury in the event of a breakup

Some research shows that 98% of teenage girls who have been abused continue to date the abuser. Your teen could be one of them.

If you suspect your daughter is in an abusive relationship, the following are some classic warning signs to watch out for:

• She apologizes for his behavior and makes excuses for him.
• She loses interest in activities that she used to enjoy.
• She stops seeing friends and family members and becomes more isolated.
• When your daughter and her boyfriend are together, he calls her names and puts her down in front of other people.
• He acts extremely jealous of others who pay attention to her, especially other guys.
• He thinks or tells your daughter that you don't like him.
• He controls her behavior, checking up on her constantly, calling and paging her, demanding to know who she has been with.
• She casually mentions his violent behavior, but laughs it off as a joke.
• She often has unexplained injuries, or the explanations she offers don't make sense.
• You see him violently lose his temper, striking or breaking objects.

"Teens' views on healthy relationships are based on what they see at home, in the media and with peers, which can be very detrimental to their own lives if their parents are in an abusive relationship," George said.

In a 2007 interview with Giant magazine, Brown said his mother had been physically abused by his stepfather. "He used to hit my mom," he was quoted as saying.

In a statement, police say Brown and his companion (presumably Rihanna) "became involved in an argument. After stopping his car, Brown and the woman got out and the argument escalated. The woman suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker."

By the time officers arrived on the scene, Brown had split.

An eyewitness tells "It was some time after 12PM [Sunday] and I had been waiting in the ER department corridor at Cedars Sinai hospital when Rihanna was brought through the back entrance on a gurney, flanked by two LAPD officers. It was impossible to know it was her at first because when they wheeled her past me, she had the hood on her fuchsia-colored sweatshirt tightly drawn round her face and she was wearing big brown sunglasses. They took her into room 14 which was opposite me. It had a six-foot glass door but the nurses drew a privacy curtain around it."

"I knew the person was famous because of all the attention she was being given by security and medical staff. However, they didn't draw the curtain all the time and I was finally able to make out that the woman they had brought in was Rihanna. She was lying in bed. While the two police officers waited outside, Rihanna was seen by the doctor. When he left, a plain clothes officer in a mismatched suit went in. I figured he was a detective because I saw the handcuffs in his belt. He stayed in there for about an hour."

"When he left, Rihanna's two female assistants went in to see her and a private security guard stood outside. The police officers were given room 10 to use which was close to Rihanna's. "Rihanna was clearly very upset by what had happened and I could hear her screaming. Rihanna was trying to get her point across about something, she sounded like she was crying as she tried to get to put her point across."

"Her staff was also very shaken by what had happened. Later on I saw one of the assistants crying into the shoulder of the security guard. I left at 4 PM, happy to get out of the place, something terrible had clearly happened to Rihanna."

Brown, 19, turned himself in at the LAPD's Wilshire station around 6:30 PM Sunday and was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of four years. The case will now be sent to the district attorney's office and further charges could be filed. He was released from jail after posting $50,000 bail.

"He was very professional and didn't appear to have injuries," said Sgt. Bridget Pickett, adding, "He's a good looking young man."

Both Chris Brown and Rihanna in turn withdrew from scheduled performances at the Grammys.

Wrigley has told "Extra" they plan to "suspend" the gum commercials featuring the singer. The statement says, "Wrigley is concerned by the serious allegations made against Chris Brown. We believe Mr. Brown should be afforded the same due process as any citizen. However, we have made the decision to suspend the current advertising featuring Brown and any related marketing communications until the matter is resolved."

We will keep you posted as this disturbing story develops.

120 comments so far | Post a comment now
MayCalucin February 9, 2009, 3:19 PM

It’s great that Wrigley decided to “suspend” the commercials with Brown. What kind of example did he think he would be setting after that type of display? He’s a disgrace.

keisha February 9, 2009, 5:46 PM

im sooooooooooooooooooo happy

keisha February 9, 2009, 5:46 PM

im sooooooooooooooooooo happy

keisha February 9, 2009, 5:46 PM

im sooooooooooooooooooo happy

Jennifer February 9, 2009, 5:57 PM

I dont know what to think after he did that. I thought he was diffrent from the other celebes! I was wrong!!!!!!!!!

shanique February 9, 2009, 6:59 PM


brianna February 9, 2009, 7:34 PM

chris brown
is a handsome singer and a great dancer,with a bright future ahead of him,what he did to his girlfriend rihanna,this situation is going to follow him for the rest of his life
i wish him all the best!!!!

Claire February 9, 2009, 8:14 PM


Cristina Mathers February 9, 2009, 8:35 PM

i am glad that she pressed charges and took a clear stance against such violence.

Anonymous February 9, 2009, 8:35 PM

I think this is a shame he has little girls as young as five years old following him. Women abuse is no message to be sending to young girls. Shame on you chris brown.


sasha February 9, 2009, 8:47 PM

HOW COULD CHRIS DO THIS I CANT SEE IT AT ALL OMG THAT SO SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AH February 9, 2009, 8:48 PM

Sooooo… Chris Brown turns himself in suspicion of commiting a felony and Michael Phelps gets a slap on the wrist for being photographed smoking an illegal substance. Riiight.
Wonder what would have happened had it been the other way around? Would any one be crying shame on Phelps? Or perhaps Chris would still have to turn himself in. Chris…. you shoudda known better. You’ve got 3 strikes against u. 1. you’re BLACK in a WHITE America
2. You’re young and good looking
3. You’re wealthy….not on welfare depending on middle (white) income America.

ISABEL (11 yrs) February 9, 2009, 8:49 PM


JH February 9, 2009, 9:19 PM

There is no excuse for abuse. However, everyone makes misstakes. We should not judge. I hope Rihanna and Chris can get pass this and move on.(without each other if there is violence)

MuchHopeToBothKids  February 9, 2009, 9:42 PM

Chris and Rhi should both get help, but mainly Chris. If he comes out publically, makes a serious effort to change, and can still deliver in the talent department, he should be fine. They’re both so young that it’s obvious early exposure to abuse played a major role, and that’s not something Chris or Rhi could have had control over.

marissa February 9, 2009, 10:14 PM

chris brown u r straight up crazy how did this even happen?????

Theresa February 10, 2009, 12:46 AM

chris I’ve been following your/Rhianna’s careers and I am a female. I’ve read articles of Rhiannas’ rages against other women and yourself simply because they looked at you. Not too long ago an article cited an incident where she slapped you upside the head in an airport due to female attention. It’s not a far cry for me to believe that she probably attacked you first and you were put in a position of defending yourself to get her off of you. Evenso, man the damage done was a bit extensive. I am so hoping you are treated fairly in this ordeal and your career can continue in a positive path.

triixia February 10, 2009, 6:55 AM

omg!chris what happen to u,i taught your a gud man but what you did to rihanna is terrible!shet! taught your the perfect man for me..hahah just kiddin’

Bo$$ Lady February 10, 2009, 7:35 AM

Are people not entitled to make mistakes? The guy is only 19 years old…I’m sure everybody here has made some..there’s no microscope shining on them… all you perfect people make me sick..PRAY for the guy instead of bashing him!

Austin February 10, 2009, 8:13 AM

I feel bad but you can’t really blame chris..untile we understand what really happened..(Rich women could be terrible e.g just like Rihanna)


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