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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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natalie    

I think this whole thing is so stupid. If he was abusive in the past, whether is was physically or verbaly and she stuck around, she deserved to be beaten.

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Joannah    

Just goes to show you that domestic abuse does not just happen to people that have low incomes...This can happen to anyone, and any woman could possibly become a victim ANYONE!

2034 days ago
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CANDI    

People all over this world is speculating and going base of off he say, she say, they say, type deal. Look, stop playing it by hear say and get everything from the horses mouth. Very childish comment. people are being bashful when it comes to other peoples lives. Keep your ears to the streets. It really does not matter what happen it is their lives. The only thing we as of people were supporting was the music they brought upon us because that made us true fans, but all of the judgment must stop because none of us can walk on water. On judgment day his time will come and/or if she is lying her time will come too because what anyone does in the dark eventually it will come to the light. All this is irrelevant no man should hit a woman bottom line. No excuses should ever be made because if that was any one or anyone's sister they will not take it very lightly. Also, it doesn't matter what buttons she push to get him that upset. He should not have been so weak to lower his standards. Just gave his self a bad name, and lost a lot of fans in the process. I love you both. I hoping you both can still become friend not loves because one a man hit a woman he will keep doing that.

2034 days ago
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girlpower    

!st, to address some comments by fire nina and Star: you may or may not like Rihanna or her music, but the fact remains: she did not deserve to get beat up. If he was mad that she wanted to bring the cops into this situation(which was the point of her fake phone call), and this is how he reacted, then he needs help. She was probably bluffing with the cops so that he would stop behaving this way. But it didn't stop him, did it? Why? because he is sick! Any man who hits a woman one time needs help, because one time is one time too many. Violence is never a solution. Just ask Nicole Brown Simpson.

It is true that men and women are wired differently, and some women use a show of jealousy to express how they feel, becuase if she didn't care about him, she would not have gotten jealous, right? The problem here, is that he is a sel-centered, selfish, immature pig who only cares about his next piece of tail. If he cared about Rihanna, he would have defused her reaction to the text like a man, not like a coward. He is a piece of crap. And I know what he will do in court: he will talk tearfully about how he witnessed a family member being abused, and it's all he knows. BS! If he doesn't know right from wrong, then maybe he should go back to kindergarten where they teach kids that it is wrong to hit someone!

What did she do that was all that bad to make him enraged that much? Get jealous? Make a call? Clearly, she does not know how to have a healthy relationship, because if she did, she would not have been with him. She needs help, too. She needs to be reminded of her worth as a human being, and that no one should wield that kind of pwer over her. She is an independant adult with a mind of her own. I hope she gets the help she needs, and I hope he gets the hell he deserves!!! He is sick!

2034 days ago
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morgan    

Whoa chris brown is officially a disgusting human being, he should go to jail just like every other retarded phycotic wifebeater, and anyone defending his actions , you know you like to beat girls too. Anyways, I hope he does go to jail, I hope Rihanna gets better & stays strong. Everyone knows that 19yr old punk would have never gotten in a fight with a guy cuz he would have gotten his ass worked. I hope you go down had chris brown, oh yeah Ps, obviously no longer a fan... I dont buy music byTrashers.

2034 days ago
126.

lupe    

he is innosent leave him alone i grew up wit hem on da streets u peoples are rong !!!! =,,(((((((((((((

2034 days ago
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morena44    

I'VE READ ALL THESE COMMENTS, BUT NO ONE DESERVES TO BE HIT, WHETHER IT BE A FEMALE, MALE OR CHILD!! THERE'S TWO SIDES TO EVERY. IT DOES NOT JUSTIFY ABUSE FROM EITHER PARTY. I GREW UP IN A VERY VIOLENT FAMILY ENVIROMENT, BUT I DON'T BEAT UP MY CHILD AND USE MY PAST AS AN EXCUSE. PEOPLE NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS.

2034 days ago
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dee924    

I really feel sorry for anyone who thinks that Rihanna did something that made it ok to hit her! There is nothing anyone could do to deserve this. If she did something to infuriate him to the point where he felt the need to hit her, he should have left the car. There is no justification for hitting another human being. To the women that are defending Chris Brown, maybe you would see it differently if it were you. Would you tell your daughter after she was beat up, you did something to provoke him. Chris Brown is lucky that he didn't beat my daughter, because her father would have come for him and he would have to defend himseld FROM THE MORGUE!!! I hope Chris Brown goes to a prison where the whole prison population is Rihanna fans. Have fun, Chris!

2034 days ago
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THEMOTHEROFTWO    

Well faking a cal to enrage someone who has hit you in the past and then making sure he can't drive you home by throwing the keys out does not reallt make sense. I feel bad for both of them. Love makes people crazy and jeolousy makes it even worse!!!!!!

2034 days ago
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christine    

I don't know who I feel disappointed in the most--Chris Brown or Rhianna? Why do women stay in abusive relationships? I am 38 years old and I never dated a man who was abusive or close to that. We Women have very strong instincts, Rhianna have very strong instincts otherwise she would not be as successful as she is today. I know she doesn't know me but IF she or her friends are reading this I want her to --TAKE BACK HER POWER. Regain your sense of power by moving on. ABUSE is not MEDICINE IF IT WAS WE WOULD ALL BE TAKING IT. Work on writing a new song, get out to the MediA--HAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE and talk about the impact of what happened. Get out of hiding you have nothing to be ashamed of. Women tend to give away their power when we feel ashamed of the stigma of what's happening to us. Instead of discussing our problems with professionals we especially black women thing we can handle everything and we can't.

I have a message to all the young ladies out there today--NEVER GIVE YOUR POWER AWAY TO ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. Whether a Man or Woman or Friend. The first time a man hit you--HIT IS ASS BACK, CALL THE POLICE AND LEAVE THE RELATIONSHIP you don't want to leave this kind of legacy behind for your future children. Rhianna have some work to do, with self-esteem, if she was really confident in herself the first time he hit her she would have hit the road.

There are other men out their to date. WHAT IS WRONG WITH CELEBRITIES ANYWAY? WHY DO THEY HAVE TO DATE A CELEBRITY AND NOT A ORDINARY PERSON? NOT ONLY THAT--But people need to get out of their damn comfort zone-- Date a white man, a jewish man, a portuguese man, a Indian man, a Chinese man darn it date a different man from another race. I am Jamaican my husband is both Chinese and Portuguese we have been married for more than 16 yrs, My girlfriend in Germany is black her husband is German and she has been living in Germany for over 15 yrs. I have another friend who got married and her husband is Italian and French. If people will start dating different people we would all be happier. RHIANNA FIND A MAN FROM ANOTHER RACE I DON'T CARE WHAT NATION--PAKISTANI, ITALIAN, MORROCAN, ARAB, WHITE--WHATEVER! IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE THE MAN COMES FROM--JUST START OVER BY DATING DIFFERENT MEN--TRUST ME YOU WILL BE HAPPIER.

2034 days ago
131.

s    

i'm sure this wont be a popular point of view but....
i think there can be two kinds of 'battery' .
One where the guy is a complete nut and will systematically abuse his partner and the other where both partners are 'responsible'.
i.e. a situation can get completely out of control (especially when high on alcohol or whatever) and both parties end up fighting like 2 drunks in a park, especially if they come from difficult backgrounds and never learned how to deal with things properly.
i had this crap myself with my partner, 3 incidents years ago where we were both out of order/control, drunk, pushed to our limits, it's ugly and wrong but sometimes these things happen, we are still together 11 years later and nothing has happened like that for 8 years.
there's no black and white way to look at it, it's all grey.

2034 days ago
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dee924    

So sorry to tell you, I have been in an abusive relationship and it was never about anything important, dinner wasn't on the table, late getting home from work, house not clean enough, ask to many questions, that friend is a bad influence, that friend is single... etc. and the list goes on and on. Don't fool yourself into thinking that there was anything that would ever justify this. It always starts with something stupid, they are always sorry, most of the time we forgive and let them back into our lives, We are lucky if we don't end up like Nicole Simpson, PLEASE RIHANNA DON'T LET HIM BACK IN YOUR LIFE!!

2034 days ago
133.

soda    

So many crazy people out there. He is young and dumb. She is your typical hood rat trying to make him mad and got the black beat off of her. stupid broad serves her right. he should have knocked her teeth out

2034 days ago
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Patty A    

Its sad to see two very talented young peopel involved in such drama. I feel bad for Rhiana and I hope she finds peace, as for Chris Brown, he should know better. Hopefully the law treats him as anyother criminal and does not go easy on him simply because of his status. If you get that angry hit a punching bag not another person at least that way you wont go to jail.

2034 days ago
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ne~ne    

1ST OFF IM TIRED OF THE MEDIA N EVERYBODY ELSE GOIN HARD ON CHRIS BROWN....I DONT CONDONE WAT HE DID BUT HELLO RIHANNA HIS GIRLFRIEND AND LOVER GAVE HIM HERPES. SHE DIDNT HAVE THE BRAVERY TO EVEN TELL HIM WAT DOES THE MEDIA HAVE 2 SAY ABOUT THAT SHE'S A HOE GIVIN OUT STD'S BY THE WAY ONE THAT HAS NO CURE GET REAL.............

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