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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
Tajaneeque ryan  February 18, 2009, 5:12 PM

idk i dont think that chris brown did anything to rihanna i think that something else happened…but you just dont know now days dudes be hittin females like it nothin and she did give him something she needed to be slap fpr that cause i know i would have slaped her for that for real though…so idk

Anonymous February 19, 2009, 9:40 PM

wow freeakky

VERY HURT February 20, 2009, 1:49 AM

I can’t believe people could say that they’re actually happy that Chris hit Rhianna.That is so cruel and unbelievable.No one should be happy about violence.Anyway,I want Chris and Rhianna to know that I really do love the both of them and my prayers go out to them.I just thank my lord Jesus Christ that the situation wasn’t worst. I wish that it wouldn’t had happened because they make such a beautiful couple.I am so——sad about everything. I still can’t believe that happened!Chris,I don’t know you personally but I know you’re not a bad guy like everyone is trying to make you look.I heard you had a bad childhood and because of that you should get some christian couselling sweetheart.I don’t really know what you did to Rhianna but I just pray that she can forgive you some day. God bless the both of you and hope to hear some good news soon.

Nicole  February 20, 2009, 8:06 AM

why did chris brown bite her fingers thats what i want to know?

mr bunziii February 20, 2009, 10:53 PM

I watched Chris grow up from age 15. He’s f… up big. But it makes me think about some of the dumb stuff i did. Have you ever done any dirt? I guess yall some good boys and girls. If you live long enough you’ll do some stuff you’ll want to hide in the closet. His career is ruined, what do you want his blood?

Anonymous February 21, 2009, 4:04 AM

Any man beating up a woman to the point of being hospitalized is no mistake, it was very intentional and criminal, and should be dealed with harsely by the law of this society.

coffee February 21, 2009, 7:00 PM

i understand Chris Brown turned himself in; so is anyone pressing charges at this point?

Anonymous February 22, 2009, 3:07 PM

if some people go on youtube this boy say chris brown and rihanna theboy had say rihanna hit him then chris had hit her back and he had say she had told he to lat me get out the car then he had say ok so he lat her get out the car then when she got out she was crying then she got back in the car then she had hit he he hit her back so they just star going at it then she had call 911 on him then he had togo to jail but the boy had said this is not ture beceace him and chis is brothes

Anonymous February 23, 2009, 10:49 AM

both of u guys r rertaded u both should need
help but nice job chris thts wut u supposed to do if the girls get vilent with the man o si no no pues?

Anonymous February 23, 2009, 5:35 PM

im still on chris browns side
this is the first bad thing he did
he got mad and its bad
but i will always be a fan

EM February 23, 2009, 6:50 PM

I personaly thought that chris was different then the other celebs but it turns out he figured out a way to disappoint the public like most famous people…there are only a handful of people that i would look up to now,EM these days it seems like theres never a good example to follow…it was a mistake but even at that i have lost alot of respect for him…

Roy Marrcelius Wambaugh February 24, 2009, 8:30 AM

thats bad what he did

GEORGIA February 24, 2009, 3:18 PM

CHRIS BROWN i luv ya!! why did ya do that!! i still luv ya !!! be nice to rihanna!! lol

Buy February 24, 2009, 6:42 PM

Why did you hit rhiana thats not good i thought you were a coool person now i guess i was wrong

Punch Her in the Face February 26, 2009, 8:00 PM

I disagree with everyone, its sad to give and receive herpes :”( … Im not saying a beating is not the way to do it. But a punch in the face once in a while just proves a point. Try it. And you will see… im not kidding

chris February 26, 2009, 9:45 PM

you are all idiots.

breannamertz February 26, 2009, 11:18 PM

how are uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Punch her in the face to prove your right! February 26, 2009, 11:40 PM

I disagree with everyone, its sad to give and receive herpes :”( … Im not saying a beating is not the way to do it. But a punch in the face once in a while just proves a point. Try it. And you will see… im not kidding

- Punch Her in the Face

Anonymous February 27, 2009, 12:56 PM

i cant belive he did that but i really dont care im glad in a way becuase rihaana needed it

harley February 27, 2009, 9:35 PM

chris i still belive in u but i dont no wat was going trough ur head when u broke up u were sad and then when u get back together u hurt her

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