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Will Brown Be Charged with Beating Rihanna?

3/1/2009 5:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Now that Rihanna has apparently decided to forgive Chris Brown for that unfortunate beat down, the burning question is whether Chris will beat the rap.

Rihanna and Chris Brown
Here's the lowdown. We're hearing the case will be turned over to the Los Angeles County D.A. next week, and a decision should be made soon thereafter on whether to file criminal charges against him. The two most likely charges: Making criminal threats and domestic violence.

As for a possible criminal threats charge, we think it's now less likely the D.A. will file because of Rihanna's change of heart. First of all, sources tell us the main reason he was arrested for this is because he allegedly told Rihanna something to the effect of, "I'm going to kill you." It's a terrible thing to say, but lots of people say it in the heat of battle, so it's thin to begin with. Add to that -- Rihanna may well testify she never believed he meant it and the case looks a bit lame.

Domestic violence is a whole other thing. When the jury sees the pictures of a clearly battered Rihanna, it's probably more powerful than any testimony she'd give. In fact, if she were to get on the stand and say she started the fight or somehow deserved it, it would not ring true ... especially because he was hardly the worse for wear when he was busted.

And there's this ... given the picture, it's going to be a tough call not to prosecute Brown.

Finally, we're told more than half of the D.A.'s domestic violence cases involve women who have either recanted their stories or have gotten back together with the alleged abuser.

We think a decision could come down sometime next week.

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sexy momma    

Rihanna is very stupid. What is going to happen when they decide that they don't wanna be together anymore? The next guy she goes out with is going to think he can beat on her and what she think is love is going to make her end up in a coffin at a early age.

1955 days ago
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Stephanie    

I am not watching s**t they are in anymore! He is sick and she is to.... They will no longer be role models for children. Maybe she would have been happier if he would have killed her? And, got away with it like O.J. lol lol lol. People like him or anybody with big issues like that just don't change or get better. Whats funny is how stupid he thinks we (people) are. His little smirks and stuff. And she is a real stupid b***h!!!!!!he is being good to her now and wants her back to save his career its much easier for him to do that with her on his side telling everybody it was not as bad as it looked... LOL LOL LOL Thats o.k. next time her dumb ass will die..... Did you not her the story of the boy who cried wolf, O they might not know that one in barbados..... You will never be able to see them on the same stage together singing or whatever.... Just think about it, if you did see them preforming etc. all you could think about is him beating the hell out of her, you would have that mental pic in your head. Well good luck with their stupidity.

1954 days ago
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fan of both    

I DONT THINK SHE IS A FOOL THEY R STILL YOUNG AND STUFF DO HAPPEN....WE THE PEOPLE MUST JUST BE THERE TO SUPPORT THEM AND STOP CRITIZE THEM........LOVE U GUYS REGARDLESS RERE JUST DONT PRESS CHARGES JUST TEACH HIM A LESSON I THINK THATS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM BOTH HE IS NOT RIGHT TO HIT HER BUT PLZ GIVE HIM A CHANCE{""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""

1953 days ago
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Cookie    

Ok so the man made a mistake... Rihanna has forgiven him so maybe we all should. We aren't the ones he beat up. She should take some kick boxing classes or something to prepare for next time.

1952 days ago
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PHYLPHYL    

CHRIS NEEDS TO REMEMBER WHAT THE DJ ON 105.1 SAID ABUT, "ISLAND GIRLS" TEMPERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LEAVE RIHANNA ALONE. THINGS WILL SURELY GET WORSE OVER TIME. DON'T LOSE YOUR CAREER OVER HER.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO BACK TO SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MET A NICE COLLEGE GIRL WHO IS NOT CONTROLLING AND NOT CAUGHT UP IN THE LIME LITE.............................

1952 days ago
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Dena    

I sure hope he's prosecuted. Otherwise, that's a very poor example to their young fans. Already I'm disappointed in Rihanna's decision. I wish she'd at least explain what happened that night, and why she's choosing to stay with Chris -- otherwise, she's doing her female fans a huge disservice. This isn't just about the two of them, because they are celebrities who get "Kids Choice" awards, and they sell their music and image to young people.

1961 days ago
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Yvette    

rhianna is acting like an idiot an does not want to press charges but if he hit her and they are getting back together he will strike again and again so she may like to take beatings

1961 days ago
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Layla    

I don't care what Rihanna says. He needs to be put in jail. She can visit him there. He needs to learn his lesson one way or another. Rihanna is such a damn fool that it makes me sick to my stomach. Chris Brown will never marry her and she probably won't ever bear his child so I don't see the point of this woman to stick by this 19 year old BOY.

1961 days ago
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He's just another Idiot    

Hpw much is Chris paying Rhianna not to testify? If she goes back to that thug, she is as sick as he is. He should go to jail and she should see a Shrink.

1961 days ago
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Sloane    

whether she has forgiven him or not-he needs to be charged and prosecuted

the message should be loud and clear

it is not OK to beat a woman/girl
whether or not you are in a relationship with her

just because she forgives him doesn't mean that society or the judicial system has to!!!

1961 days ago
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Mello Mel    

Maybe counseling for the both. There is enough division going on. But, I bet you I'd be coaching my daughter to move on in life from him because his issues are deeply rooted, and really has nothing to do with Rihanna. Hopefully, his mother and church guidance can steer him in a different direction or approach to releasing his anger, and boy is this guy angry.

1961 days ago
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Mike    

What a shame - with all the violence in the hip-hop community and the general denigration of women, here was a chance for a successful black women to stand-up and set an example for untold millions of women and to demand better of this community. To teach women that don't have to and shouldn't put up with men like Chris. She had a much bigger and more important role here than just being with this man... too bad she's unwilling to step up and play that role. She has let down her sex, her race, and her profession as they all would be better off had she shown more backbone.

1961 days ago
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DONNA    

PRISON,PRISON, WHERE HE CAN BE SOMEONE'S BITCH AND BE SMACKED DOWN. kARMA. wELL i AM PRAYING

1961 days ago
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Serenity    

Get over it!

1961 days ago
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TMZ hits a new low    

This is, so far, 100% on Rhinna for not standing up for herself and all women who have been hit by their men. For years, the black hip hop community has degraded women through their music and in life. Bitches and hos, indeed. Now here's the perfect chance for this young female role model to turn the page and say NO MORE, and carry on her shoulders the women who came before her who were beaten. She is obviously getting HORRIBLE advice from someone. Does she have a mother? Is there so much muddling of reality when you're famous that you can't see straight? Thank god that's why we have the law, to protect women when they can't help or protect themselves.

1961 days ago
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