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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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Rihanna needs help for staying with Chris Brown after he hit her the first time.

Get out and stay out of that relationship, Rihanna.

God Bless You

2051 days ago

grown woman    

There is always 2 sides to every story! Some people may not believe it, but women are also capable of domestic abuse. Alot of young people are hot headed especially when it comes to matters of the heart. Based on my experience and others that I know, it is highly likely that she was the aggressor in this particular incident. I believe this because she showed a sign of insecurity by checking his text message in the first place. Insecure people do crazy things sometimes. Yes, she is pretty but there are alot of insecure pretty people in the world. Cut Chris some slack, innocent until proven guilty, I bet there is more to this story than any of us can imagine.

2051 days ago


can we all just step back an think for a min we don,t know what happened but i,ll be like this if he did it over a text message do your time and man up but if she gave him a std i feel him f that on the real thats hes life but till we find out what really happened lets just see what happens and stp conming him for what we do not know yet

2051 days ago


If this was not the first time he beat her, why was she still there to get beat again! Isn't she a smart girl and very wealthy! I would not stay to get beat no matter the situation or the amount of love I have for the dude!!!! They both need help!!!!

2050 days ago


Well, I'm not saying I don't believe nothing happened, but there's alot of things about this entire story that makes me doubt alot of these allegations against Chris Brown. I like both of their music, so I'm not picking favorites, but in general, there's alot of females that start stuff/ istagate/ pick fights with their significant other. There's also alot of females that just have to run that mouth and won't shut up no matter how much the guy tries to control his temper. In addition, there's alot of females, yes, even celebrities that will say or do anything for attention/ publicity. I'm not saying he's not abusive, but seriously, I don't believe for one minute that she'd stay with him, let alone go back to him, if the relationship was as bad/abusive as she claims. He's not a bad guy just because a female made allegations against him, and the public shouldn't automatically take her side just because she's a female, and said he did it. Was there even any witnesses? It sounds like celebrity drama crap. I don't think he's a bad guy, or he did it just because she made up a story/ report against him. Females file false reports on guys all the time, for all kinds of reasons. I'm a 25 yr. old female, and think the public should have more information before they start persecuting him.

2050 days ago


I work with men and women involved in violent relationships, and the gradual escalation in violence in the relationship sounds legit. It always starts of small, and when unchecked the perpetrator will push it farther. I hope she has enough people around her helping her see that she needs to stay away from that lil prick. He is too immature and ego blinded to be in any serious relationship. AND I recommend she get a restraining order too.

2050 days ago


I have never heard of Chris Bown or Rhianna until this happened. This Chris Brown person, is begining to remind me of O.J. Simpson, and his late wife Nicole Brown. I hope this doesn't come to the same ending.

2050 days ago

Sarah Johnson    

This a full-of BS you Guys are making stuff Up..get a Life Gosh why are Ya'll Trying To Ruin a singers Career...

2050 days ago

Tarence Brown    

My concern is for Chris Brown's safety. Like another celebrity with the last name Brown (Bobby) who has a "bad boy" image, I believe there will be individuals who will try their best to pick fights with him just because of that bad boy image. And the fact that it was a woman he assaulted makes it that much worse. I think that after he is finished dealing with the courts in this matter, he should take a nice long break from the spot light because no one believes he is truely sorry for his behavior. I mean, if you are truly sorry for what happened, why in the world would you have to seek professional assistance from a company that specializes in making public statements for people instead of making the statement yourself if you really mean it from the heart?

2050 days ago


i dont see why your all freaking out.
most likely she deserved it and even if she didnt come on..its their lives sh!t happens get over it

plus he is still hot and i would date him!!!

2050 days ago


There are always three sides to every story: Hers, His, and the Truth !!!!

2050 days ago


okay many say chris brown isnt a true man but then again rihanna must have done sumtin 2 get him like that...u cant judge him because truth is u will never hear the truth about the whole arguement...and the bites i dont believe that because r u serous come one bitting? wouldnt he just keep on hitting her.. and secondly she was dumb enough 2 stay with him in the 1st place because since according to her" he became more violent" wouldnt u just leave and thirdly why did she make that so called "fake call" sayin that if he was already mad..her actions were also what led to her getting "abused"..and if she knew he had violant problems she was provoking a woman but i can also understand why chris brown got like that...i am not sayin her getting hit was right to begin with but it only takes some common sense to realize that when sum1 is mad u dont provoke them...insteead you walk away

2050 days ago


If it's true that that wasn't the first time he hit her...what do you expect if you stay with a wifebeater (okay, girlfriendbeater)?

2050 days ago


And Magic Johnson thinks and hopes they get back together? And Kanye West says to leave Chris alone? Are you KIDDING ME? LOOK AT THE PHOTO! People are still in denial about domestic violence and that it IS ASSAULT. Now for the rest of you posters who are blaming the VICTIM as attacking Chris first which caused him to snap, there were NO REPORTS of any injuries he sustained, no scratches, nothing, when he reported to the police that night, so NOTHING she did should have caused him to snap in such a violent way. The only sympathy I have for Chris is that he is also a victim of the domestic abuse he had to endure because his mother allowed HERSELF to be beat and didn't think of how this would damage her child. So the cycle people who are in abusive relationships, if you are not going to get out to save yourself, do it to save your child so that they don't grow up to do the SAME EXACT THING, as this situation has clearly proven.

2050 days ago

Sassy Italian    

What needs to be done is to have Mr. Brown's little weenie removed, plugged up
in his rear end and have him rot like that in jail for a very long time, thinking about what a total idiot he has been.

Any man who hits a woman is sick... PERIOD. And, if any guy gets off on doing such a thing, then the above should apply to these creeps, as well. It would only take 1 time to rid myself of any guy who hit me because they would never have a 2nd chance.

So, sitting in jail with a plugged up rear end by their own member, would surely make an idiot think twice about doing this again.

This would definitely takes care of business.

2050 days ago
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