Sources say they aren't surprised by the R and B singer's alleged attack on his girlfriend.
According to TMZ.com, Rihanna told cops that Brown had a history of abusing her before the recent attack that went public and reportedly left her bruised and bloodied.
Us Weekly magazine also quoted unnamed sources close to Rihanna who say this isn't the first time Brown's beaten her.
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While other sources claim Rihanna got upset over a sexy text message Brown received.
"Just because someone is rich and famous, doesn't exempt them from being a victim of abuse," says Greer. "In fact, often times people who are very beautiful are more insecure which puts them at greater risk for domestic abuse."
Here's how it works. According to Greer, when someone is idealized and valued for their beauty, it can feel strange when a man takes an interest in who they are, as opposed to how they look. So with more invested in that person it's easier to fall head-over-heels in love.
The problem is, the more attached you are to the relationship, the harder it becomes to break away from it, even as the union declines. "What's more, when the person you love turns on you, your intense feelings may motivate you to try to regain their love---even as the abuse continues," adds Greer. "Love can feel like a drug and often people do anything they can to maintain their connection to the person."
"At that point, the relationship becomes simply about keeping the abuser happy to prevent the abuse," she says.
How does the fame factor tie in? "When famous people are in relationships, it can be harder to end them because their lives are scrutinized," says Greer (Makes sense--just consider Bill and Hillary Clinton). "If Brown did attack Rihanna in the past, it's possible she stayed with him for fear of the public finding out. After all, her career could be at stake."
"The scary part is, the abuser knows how to keep their victim in the relationship because they've figured out their weaknesses which they play like a harp," says Greer. "It explains why so many women feel powerless to leave."
Tell us - if Brown did repeatedly beat Rihanna, are you surprised she would stay with him?