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Brown Wants Misdemeanor Plea, No Jail Time

3/9/2009 6:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Brown ExclusiveSources tell TMZ Chris Brown would cop a plea, but only to a misdemeanor and with no jail time. After we broke the story yesterday AM it has triggered a passionate public reaction.

We're told Brown's people have consulted with outside legal eagles -- including law school professors -- who have said Rihanna's own aggressiveness takes it out of the felony category. Sources say Rihanna was the first one to strike -- slapping and striking Brown "numerous times" while he was drivΩing, after seeing the text message from another woman. And Rihanna was fighting Brown as he punched and hurt her. We're told much of this is reflected in the official police report based on what Rihanna told cops. As a result, they say, this is not a case that demands a felony plea.

On the other side, there are plenty of cases in which the woman engages the man in a fight but the jury convicts the male because it was an unfair fight and the man could have walked away. The photographs of Rihanna -- the most graphic of which have not been seen by the public -- demonstrate Brown's superior strength. Add to that the fact that Brown had no significant injuries and it presents problems for him.

Perhaps worse for Brown, sources tell TMZ Rihanna told cops he had beaten her before and the violence had been escalating.

And there's this. According to the detective's note filed with the search warrant papers, Brown sent a text message to Rihanna's assistant in which he apologized for what he had done to Rihanna and said he was getting help. That would be admissible in court and extremely damaging -- as a legal admission.

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46.

whocares    

Take it to trail....Chris would never get convicted in Los Angeles.

1969 days ago
47.

TMZ hits a new low    

Send him to jail. Send a message. His career is over after this. Guaranteed. If the woman can't defend herself, stand up for herself and demand justice, then thank God we have the D.A. to do it for her. And the felony charges were legit. Him in jail works for me.

1969 days ago
48.

meow    

RIHANNA HAS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HER OWN ACTIONS AS WELL AS CHRIS
IF THEIR MANAGERS WERE WISE THEY WOULD BOOK HIM IN EUROPE FOR SOME ENGAGEMENTS AND
BOOK A TOUR FOR HER IN THE STATES
JUST TO KEEP THEM APART, AND MAKE SURE HE MARRIES SOMEONE ELSE BY THE TIME HE HITS THE SHORES AGAIN.
THIS IS NOT HER FIRST VIOLENT ENCOUNTER PER HER FAMILY
ALSO, WHAT ABOUT THE REPORTS THAT SHE GAVE HIM AN STD, THAT SHE GOT
BEYONCE WAS SUSPICIOUS OF HER ACTIONS, WHILE SHE WAS DATING JAY Z
TRUST THAT RIHANNA WILL BE IN ANOTHER BLOW UP IF SHE STAYS WITH HIM, BECAUSE SHE WILL HOLD THIS
OVER HIS HEAD.
IF HE SNEEZES IN THE WRONG DIRECTION SHE WILL HAVE HIM LOCKED UP
THOSE JAMAICANS ARE POSSESSIVE AND THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS
CHRIS RUN THE OTHER WAY
SHE IS A TRAMP

1969 days ago
49.

share    

Look, What he did was horribly wrong. He should be punished both criminally and by public opinion. I am just saying that the media has portrayed Rihanna to be the "heroine" in all of this. She looked at a text and BAM! However, if she is hitting first, then she broke the law too. She is not the blame for the beat-down, but if she is hitting first doesn't it make her a small bit liable too?

1969 days ago
50.

meow    

LET US NOT FORGET THAT BECAUSE HIS BRUSES WERE NOT PUBLICIZED DOES NOT MEAN SQUAT.
LET HER HIDE UNDER HER UMBRELLA

1969 days ago
51.

TMZ hits a new low    

Why hire Scott Peterson's lawyer? Scott's on San Quentin's death row. That's the best he can come up with? Funny. Oh yeah, he needs to go jail now. So he's got the right lawyer for that.

1969 days ago
52.

ENOUGH OF THIS CRAP    

This is because poor poor Chrissy is afraid of his new roomy he will get... BUBBA!!

Bubba will make him his wife...

1969 days ago
53.

Jamie    

His actions are inexcusable however the argument started. Lock him up.

1969 days ago
54.

Gigglez90    

They said that he was on steriods thats y he became so angry towards her, well thats wat i heard on e news . And still even tho she hit him (not ok, just keep ur hands 2 urself) he could of just walked away, and he should go to jail if hes gonna do the crime then he should so the effin time. and i truly dont think hes not gonna be able to have a come back after this bcuz look at MJ it took him how many yrs? and R kelly has anybody seen or heard of him since? NO! Ppl might 4give but they will never 4get and now everybodys gonna look at him different. So thats all i gotta say....

1969 days ago
55.

Truth in advertising    

Oh, really, they deserve each other and all of the comments in the world won't split them up until they decide to do so. You can't tell anyone to stay away from an abuser-male or female. They will just ignore you, "love" is too strong. How sad, as they both have talent, wealth and looks, they could get anyone, but instead opt to be in an abusive relationship. Sounds like they both egg it on though- were they hitting each other while actually driving? I got lost there, only knew they were in a car. What about me, the poor person in the lane next to you while you are swerving all over the road?

1969 days ago
56.

anny    

i knew it from the first time i heard the story that riri did something to chris because a man is not that stupid to just beat a girl like that not saying it is right they both need help .i still love both of them

1969 days ago
57.

Rick    

I knew it that little bitch hit him first and got what she deserved!!! Why aren't they bringing any charges up on that hoe?
Rihanna needs to remember we dont snitch, save what little face you got and refuse to cooperate with the police you know its the right thing to do.

1969 days ago
58.

Jill    

The thug BIT her. He's an animal, and he's a felon. Bring it on Geragos. No one is going to give him a misdemanor for BITING, and NO REMORSE.

1969 days ago
59.

tabbyj    

This is just the way it happen and fair is fair both career should be affected not just one and both need counseling. Just because she's a woman don't justify her putting her hands on him if she wouldn't have never struck him first we wouldn't be commenting here today. Fair is Fair Chris should move on with his life because he's not the abuser but most people in the black community kind of knew what happen. That's why Will and Jada Smith, P Ditty and many other stars didn't comment or retracted their comment once they actually talked to Chris and Rihanna and found out exactly what went down. Now should she be arrested for hitting him by her own admittence?

1969 days ago
60.

Max    

I think a few years behind bars would be good for him. It would teach him a valuable lesson. Good for her also, because he won't be able to smack her around for awhile ( at least until he gets out ). It really is win-win.

1969 days ago
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