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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
cobie February 12, 2009, 10:26 PM


Dee February 13, 2009, 4:36 AM

I feel really Sympathetic towards her, however some of us female are not as innocent as we cum across…there is no fire without smoke, having said that Chris should have never raised his hand to her or any female for that matter…didnt your mom teach u beta!!!

DESTINY February 13, 2009, 10:38 AM


Miss Anonymous February 13, 2009, 11:14 AM

I have no respect for Chris. Only bitches hit girls.

melissa February 13, 2009, 2:58 PM

this is going to follow him forever but im still his #1 fan and will be with him along the way 100 percent so haters of c.b out there who those that rub this in his face now i bet in about 2 years all the girls will be droolin over him again so haters keep on dreamin in a 15 year old girl and even though this happened i still stick up for him and think people over excaterate this crisis. luv ya C.B

bay February 13, 2009, 3:29 PM

i still luv ya cb n will foreva

Shary February 13, 2009, 4:06 PM


Chris Brows #1 Fan February 13, 2009, 4:10 PM

I LOVE YOU CHRIS BROWN AND I ALWAYS WILL!!!! I LOVE YOU!!! Meat me at my house and…

Mike P February 13, 2009, 4:45 PM

Ah - Your crazy, white america? Have you lost your mind? Hello, the United states, which is so called white america elected a Black man for President. Hello.. Lets think before we type ignorance on here. I am proud the US has put race aside and elected an African American. People need to quit using race as a crutch. Lets be a human race before throwing skin color in there.

Meli February 13, 2009, 5:31 PM

All of ya’ll that are defending Chris Brown are IDIOTS, plain and simple. Look at the injuries she suffered. He wasn’t just “puttin’ hands on her,” or “tryin’ to beat her ass”….. HE WAS TRYING TO KILL HER. Not beat, not rough up, but KILL.

The evidence shows that she had -bite marks- on her hands and arms. That’s not normal for a fight, that’s a sign that he’s got a lot of rage and anger inside his heart.

The rest of the evidence showed that he choked her until she lost consciousness. Picture it in your head. A man is choking a woman and she passes out. Instead of calling 911 in fear that he may have killed her, he RAN AWAY. He didn’t care if she was gonna die or not. He burned off.

Young Mr. Brown has got some problems and he needs help more than he needs jail. There is no provocation great enough to beat a woman. Real men just walk away. I feel sorry for him because he came from a broken home, but he’s got to take the reins of his life now and get himself some professional help.

On that, so does Rihanna. She’s wrong because this supposedly isn’t the first time he’s abused her before, and yet she’s still with him. Young women lack the sense and knowledge to understand that jealously and controlling behavior is abusive, NOT A SIGN OF LOVE. I will be praying for both of them.

Arielle (11) February 13, 2009, 6:46 PM

i can hardly beleive what i just read. Chris whats up wit u dude! u were going to be my husband 1 day.but now i have to settle for bow wow. thanks alot! GOSH!

ashelle February 13, 2009, 7:47 PM

I cant believe Chris did this OMG!!!! even though am kinna happy cause i hate rihanna ……..but hes become an abuser thats so not right….his future will go to the drain…… n rihanna even if i hate yu … yu dont deserve this

Anonymous February 13, 2009, 9:35 PM

ur ugly

lily February 14, 2009, 10:54 PM

i know he did a bad thing but i realy dont like i dont realy care. i am happy that he did it

cj February 15, 2009, 10:33 AM

she is a crazy to think that chris brown cheated on her men can have friendb who is a girl.get back with him

morgan poling February 15, 2009, 3:18 PM

he should go to hell for what he put her through.i feel so bad for her.

Veronica February 15, 2009, 6:37 PM

i cant believe he did that to Rhianna OMG! i don’t know if i will still be Chris brown fan. somebody tell me should i???

Anonymous February 15, 2009, 7:26 PM

chris brown u should be assam of ur self now body likes u anymore say sorry to her

Boitumelo SA February 17, 2009, 6:50 AM

Uh hw cud u do that.When u beat a wómen ur half a man.pls go4 couselling bcoz ur danger 2 da society an urself.luv Boitumelo

charm  February 17, 2009, 5:45 PM

i am sooooooooooooooo glad that chris did that to riahanna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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