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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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raquel    

and all of you haters that are blaming Rhianna and making racist comments like "she's not even black", and "send her back to Barbados " and "she needs a man of her own culture" and "Carribbean women are controlling" etc. are just jealous that you will never amount to anything as beautiful or as talented as she is. You people are sick and should be ashamed to be blaming the victim and ASSUMING she hit him, when you know NOTHING.

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Steve    

Well, I feel badly for both people in this event. Seriously, it does not make eother one look very intelligent. And another reflection on the emotional nature on both the female and the male. How can you add any credence to a statement like," This os not the first time he's done this either" and not also realize how stupid it makes YOU look saying it??!! Does it make any sense to stay with someone after all the information available on bad relationships that they only get worse not better? Does he have any prior arrest for this on file? No. Did she ever report any of these past incidents? No. TMZ would have gotten that if it was the facts. So, it's only meant to make a more guilty appearence on his part. And make her look like a victum. These are RICH and FAMOUS people that can afford to be with almost anyone. Would that not seem logical? So, of couse, if anyone common (not rich and famous) would have done that, they (DA) would have went with it, stuck by it, print it and frame it, and would have had us ruined for the rest of our lives paying for it. So justice will be as it usually is. You won't find Chris there, it will be just us poor guys. And whatever the mistake they both took part in, hopefully they will move on without taking THAT to another relationship and enjoy whatever time they have left to be rich and famous. And yes, domestic violence is a touchy matter, it is morally wrong and noone can say FOR SURE what happened, so they should try not to speculate.Give them some space....they both need it.

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fans of President Obama    

Maybe Rihanna did this to herself just before the Grammys because she was afraid to perform. Everyone's blaming Chris Brown because they're jealous of his fame. It's all a conspiracy.

2050 days ago
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fans of President Obama    

IF YOU'LL BEAT A WOMAN... YOU'LL BEAT A CHILD.
CHRIS BROWN IS A CHILE MOLESTER.

2050 days ago
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fans of President Obama    

island people are evil anyway. good riddins.

2050 days ago
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fans of President Obama    

What did she do that was so bad? No means No, mister.

Google "Marjorie Mason Center" and learn more about domestic violence.

Do YOUR PART to help end this. Type "Marjorie Mason Center" now.

2050 days ago
37.

lim    

WOW RIHANNA ISNT MISS INNOCENT..I BET SHE STARTED IT...I FEEL SORRY FOR CHRIS...ANOTHER CRAZY BITCH ASKING FOR A ASS WHOOPIN..IM WITH BROWN....WHAT SHE DO?..NOT SAYING U SHOULD HIT A WOMAN..BUT..WHAT SHE DO? SHE HAD TO DO SOMIN....I THINK HE BEAT HER ASS CAUSE SHES F'N JAY Z.....

2050 days ago
38.

Dee    

He needs to go to jail for a long time. This man is a serious criminal. He will do it again, and next time someone may not come out alive.

2050 days ago
39.

Fi-Fi    

It does not matter what Rhianna did to antagonise him, a man should never resort to domestic violence. You can choose your own actions & reactions and if a man is tested, if his character and personality is tested and this is how he reacts, he is not much of a man he is a lowly coward and should be punished.

2050 days ago
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emjay manc    

girl need ya boobs
gotta see ya boobs
cos there's hearts all over the world tonight
hearts all over the world tonight

2050 days ago
41.

emjay manc    

hell i'd hit rihanna

girl is hottay chamone!

2050 days ago
42.

Big Dez    

I read all ofthe comments left; and everyone has a valid point. Why would she atay if he'd been abusive in the past, probably the sex; she might have attacked him first, but we'll never know, only assume; and if her face was banged up like that, why didn't the police go after him; and last but not least, what about all the other celeberties that have violated the law, and have put their hands on someone in a violent manner,how come nobody persues them legally? What applies to one should apply to all. There are too many what if's in this case. Best advice to them, is that they should part, because this is definately a ,"BIG A**WARNING SIGN." Since no one was there, judgement shouldn't be passed so quickly against Brown, nor old girl. ~PEACE~

2050 days ago
43.

jgip    

I think she must have done more than we know to make him beat her like that even though i think a man should do everything in his power not to hit a woman but daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn she had to do alot more than we know

2050 days ago
44.

Amy    

Seriously people get off the ban wagon. Wait for all the facts to be released, stop making up your minds about Chris Brown until you have all the facts. For all we know Chris Brown could have some marks on him. Let's be real men (in general terms) hit harder then women. So far from whats been released the argument started with Rihanna becoming upset over a text message. If this is true, (women) be honest with your selves. How many of you really believe Rihanna (who by the way also has a history of violence, ie 2007 when she smashed a glass in her brother face) did not become agressive maybe even trying to take the phone from Chris Brown. I know if I am driving a vehicle and my passenger becomes agressive I will defend my self. Bottom is there are always two sides of the story and all we know is Rihanna's!

2050 days ago
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chm616    

Chris Brown should be charged and sent to Jail if in fact he did beat that young lady. Since this is not the 1st time he has abused his girl, he should have sought counesling and guidance from his Pastor BEFORE yet another demonstration of bad judgment and attitude. Being a celebrity does not give you the right to beat up on someone. And the victum is a fool for not commming forward because it will happen again and to a greater extent if he is allowed to get away with this. What in the Hell is wrong with our children to think that this type of behavior is acceptable? My daughter would have whipped his ass for sure because that's what Daddy taught her to do, "Defend Herself !

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