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Weakness in Chris Brown Case -- Prior Attacks

2/12/2009 4:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Brown , RihannaChris Brown may have gotten lucky because the charge he was booked on is kinda weak, law enforcement sources tell TMZ. But he's still in big trouble, and Rihanna says it's not the first time he's attacked her.

Sources say the Los Angeles County District Attorney kicked the case back to the police for further investigation because evidence that he made criminal threats against Rihanna is kind of thin. Our sources are quick to say he will, however, almost certainly be charged with felony domestic battery, a lesser offense but still serious.

Here's how it went down, according to the police report. After Chris received a text message from a woman who wrote about getting together, an argument erupted. By the way, initially, Rihanna would not tell cops what started the argument.

She did, however, tell them that during the argument, he started hitting her. According to the police report, she ordered him to drive her home and "faked a call" to someone, saying things like, "He's dropping me off. Make sure the cops are there."

Rihanna told cops the fake call enraged Brown. He said something to the effect of "You are really fu**ed up now. I'm going to kill you." This statement is the basis of the criminal threats charge.

At that point, according to the report, Brown allegedly began a violent attack with his fists. At some point, Rihanna took the keys out of the ignition and threw them outside.

And there's this. According to the police report, she told cops this was not the first time Brown hit her. She referred to it as an ongoing and escalating abusive relationship.

We're told the criminal threats charge is based on that one statement Brown allegedly made. As one law enforcement source told us, "It's kinda weak, and the D.A. is not going to prosecute a high profile case like this unless it's solid." That's why it was kicked back for further investigation.

Given the brutal nature of the attack, which the photos clearly show -- contusions on the face, swollen eyes, cut lip, bloody nose, bite marks on fingers and arm -- a felony domestic battery charge is virtually a done deal. That, however, is a less serious offense than making criminal threats.

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alexandria horton    

First of al for the peson who called chris brown coward......ur a
coward and u can kiss our ass. Everybody want to blame Chris Brown
when they ont even know the whole story.You dont know what she did to
him and you dont know if he really did that to her this could all be
FIXED and this picture could be fake you dont know......i feel bad
for Rihanna but at the same time i want everybody to stop hating on
Chris Brown and wheather yall stop being his fans or not im gone
still love him ad im gone still continue to buy his albus and support
him. So Chris Brown i lov you nd im on ur side all the way

2021 days ago
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Keep God First    

Some of you women are just stupid! You must let your husbands and boyfriends beat you. How can you seriously blame the victim. Even if she did take his keys, throw his cell phone, or even hit him first he should just have put her out of the car. He has money get another phone and the car was a rental get the other set of keys from the place you rented it from. If she hit him, put her out( or call the police ) anything to keep you from hitting her. Be a man and walk away. He is twice her size I'm sure his fist hurt a whole lot more than hers. No real women who values herself would ever defend a man beating a woman. I have two brothers and I will never take there side if I found out they were beating their girlfriend. Would you same people blame a child( who is acting out) for the abuse they suffer. No matter what she did he could have kept his image clean as well as his record if he just walked away. The only way I would blame her though, if she did take him back like the rumors stating. Especially so soon, he didn't have time to learn anything and she if did take him back then maybe she just like some of you other girls. That's going to look good for his case, and he and his lawyers know that. I bet he dumps her after the case.

2020 days ago
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sierra    

man i use to be a big fan of chris brown and to see th9at he is a woman beater is jhust not ok i thinkl he needs to do just i little bit of time to show that beatingf on a woman is not right and that there will be consequencews for his actions so he need to spend a lil time in jail

2019 days ago
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Nekiaboo    

She shouldn't have stayed with him if he had previously been viloent that was her decision so everyone needs to let them deal with it on their own.

2019 days ago
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bb    

IT IS NEVER OKAY TO BEAT ANYONE AT ANY TIME. NO MATTER HOW CRAZY THAT PERSON IS OR IS NOT ACTING.

It does not matter what Rihanna did or did not do or say. IT IS NEVER OKAY. NEVER.

If she were dead would you say she deserved it? Based on the pictures, she could be next time (hopefully there won't be a next time).

NO ONE IS RESPONSIBLE for violent behavior EXCEPT THE PERSON DOING THE BEATING. The victim needs help. The victim IS NEVER RESPONSIBLE. IT IS NOT OKAY.

And if you think it is, you need to turn around and look back at the past abuse in your life. It wasn't okay when it happened to you either.

--been there.

2018 days ago
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Andrea Nunya    

it saddens me to hear that Rihanna has gone back to this guy after the beating she took. And I do think that there is responsibility on both parts, however, he is clearly in the wrong, it is evident by the photos now being circulated. Both parties need serious professional help NOW.
In the meantime we can all let our feelings about this be known by refusing to purchase, play or listen to any of their music. Boycotts are very effective, ask the Dixie Chicks!!!!!!
Boycott and Ban all Chris Brown and Rihanna music, videos and appearances world wide and see what happens then!!

2018 days ago
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miz mimi    

GET OVER THEY ARE BACK 2GETHER NOW PEOPLE NEED 2 MIND THERE BUSINESS WOMEN GET THERE A_ _ KICKED EVERDAY AND GO SO LEAVE THEM ALONE THEY LIKE BEATING ON EACH OTHER I GUESS THATS HOW THEY GET THERE ROCKS OFF I MIND MY OWN BUSINESS ME AND MY GUY FIGHT ALL THE TIME HE KICK MY A - - AND I KICK HIS SO BE IT IM STILL ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2018 days ago
8.

fedup    

It looks like that picture of Rihanna was doctored. If u read the recent developements she admits to hitting him 1st.. so if u r big enough to dish it.. Be big enough to get it BACK!! Im no more an advicate of a girl hitting a boy than I am a boy hitting a girl.. I've had the oppurtunity to meet both of them and she had a nasty attitude and he was a very respectful young man. She's also admitted in past interviews she was a hitter.. so I'm sure he probably got fed up and hit her back.. I wish them both the best..A lesson for my ladies:KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF!!!!!!!

2017 days ago
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Torry Jayant    

Chris and Rihanna needs a lots of counseling if they are gonna be a couple again, they are both imature adukts and know one really knows who started the altercation they had with one another,reports did mention that chris brown had been drinking acohol a lot that night,when you are under the influence of any acohol or drugs it can be mine altering, Meaning you act like a different person while under the influence,let us not label chris brown as a abuser, this is his first offense and label rihanna crazy for taking him back, with a lots of counseling and help from there peers I believe they can work through this if they truly want each other,they are both outstanding celebrities,no one is perfect, chris may have issues that he needs counseling and help with, and so may rihanna,I encourage women who have constantly been battered,to continue to speak out on domestic abuse and chris needs to go on a tour and talk wih battered women and see how they feel,and maybe this will help him never to hit rihanna again some men do learn from there mistakes,he made a wrong choice that night,but sometimes help and counseling and redirection to help our young youth does help,I've seen many young men turn there lives around with help and redirection, it was nice for P.diddy to try and help them instead of putting them down,can anyone else stand up and identify themselves and help these trouble youths turn themseves around and stiill be the best talented celebrities that they both are.

2016 days ago
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disgusted ex-fan!    

Omfg! I feel for this woman. I hope she opens her eyes soon and realizes she is to good for this! As for Chris I no longer have any of his music.... Chris you are nothing but an abusive pink who needs to be beat as she was so you can see how it feels! You are a loser boy......Grow up and get some help before you kill her or the next poor woman. How do you spell loser? CHRIS BROWN!

2015 days ago
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jtr03c    

Please notify the judge, Judge Patricia Schnegg, presiding over the Chris Brown domestic violenceassault charges for victim Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty. There is a pre-trial hearing on March 23 (TMZ.com). Most likely Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, will be getting paid major money to get Brown free and clear. DON'T LET THIS UNFAIR JUSTICE AND DRISCRIMMINATION AGAINST POOR vs. RICH/FAMOUS PEOPLE TAKE OVER AND CONTINUE TO FAIL OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM!
HERE IS JUDGE PATRICIA SCHNEGG's MOST RECENT CONTACT INFORMATION:

Judge Patricia Schnegg

Central District
Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Dept. 123
210 West Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 974-5761

Sample Letter:

Dear Judge Patricia Schnegg,

Violence and aggression towards women is a pervasive social problem that does not spare any socioeconomic, racial or other social class. High profile court cases are highly scrutinized by the public and future generations through discussions of precedent. Society expects fairness and just treatment of all its citizens regardless of fame and financial status, especially in malicious and traumatic crimes.

The alleged attack by mega pop-star Chris Brown on mega pop-star "Rihanna" Fenty is a prime example of public attention to law and its just application. Society is watching and learning from how this case will proceed, especially the next generation of young, impressionable boys and girls who are the future of our nation.

Does our society embrace violence against women? Do we minimize its seriousness by handing out slaps on the wrist or do we take it serious? Do aggressive men have to live shamelessly and without fear as they continue to engage and promote the cycle of "Battered Woman Syndrome"?

Please, your honor, take this case seriously and apply correct judgement to ensure that a maximum penalty will be sought and an easy escape out will not continue for perpetrators who relentlessly prey on loved ones.

Sincerely,

Sources:

TMZ.com

http:/www.lasuperiorcourt.org/judicialOfficers/result.aspx?location=CCB

http:/www.lasuperiorcourt.org/locations/Location.aspx?loc=CCB


2015 days ago
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Jade    

Why is everyone saying that Chris would not get upset over Rihanna making a phone call to the police, as far as I'm concerned that is more than enough reason for him to get upset, here in Jamaica if you're a law abiding citizen unless you're dating a cop then you will be a bit intimidated by them, if you're a criminal and someone tries to call a police in your presence then its obvious that you will retaliate. And for all those who think Rihanna deserved the beating I'd like to ask if you came out of an animal or a woman. Any girl who can say that she would not be upset about her man receiving text messages from another girl that doesn't sound as if they're just friends then you didn't have any sort of feelings for the guy in the first place and id you think she deserved a trip to the hospital then i hope you feel the same way if and when your boyfriend does the same thing to you. Chris Brown I used to be awed by you and your songs now everytime I see you I'm reminded of how you physically and emotionally hurt Rihanna, every action has its consequences, please don't be the next Witney and Bobby.

2014 days ago
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L J    

You people saying how Chris was antagonized, or that she provoked him are sick in the head. No woman, no person deserves to be hit, no matter what. I don't care if she was screaming at him at the top of her lungs, or how possessive she may have been, nothing...absolutely NOTHING like that comes close to excusing his disgusting behavior. It's so sad to see women defending Chris, or any other man that lays a hand on a woman. sad sad people you are.

2014 days ago
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bk_nikki    

It's a shame that their personal business is being aired aroubd the world. Everyone should leave these kids alone and let them work out their issues, because at the end of the day they are their issues. There probably is a whole lot to this story that hasn't been told. He was wrong for beating her the way he did, but there are plenty of rumors that she has been very abusive to him in the past. Everyone should mind their own businesss, especially Oprah self righteous ass she truly gets on my nerves.

2013 days ago
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shawn rogers    

i think its a whole nother side chris side to the story i think it was the other way around

2002 days ago
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