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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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76.

flowerchild    

Enough of the nonsense about self defense!!! Even if she did indeed hit him first, there is no reason for the beat down that she received! He could have walked away, pushed her away, called someone, just do something besides giving her such a horrible beat down. What's worst is that, according to the report she was curled into a ball while he whipped her. How he can beat on her while she is not hitting him back? That's awful! He should be given some jail time. If Rhianna did hit first, she should also be given jail time. Everyone needs to keep their hands to their sides and stop hitting.

2054 days ago
77.

luv ur self    

i thought they were planning on blaming it on the "steroids" he takes for his voice? bkuz i guess since he started taking 'roids he became aggressive!?... read it on mediatakeout.com a couple of days ago.. If they get help, i think they're relationship will work...if they got married that is. If this rumor is false then maybe she needs to love him enuff n let him go, just til he becames a better person, who can treat her w respect. n love her without having to beat her whenever she gets to pushing his buttons... My opinion

2054 days ago
78.

hateblks!!!    

I can't stand black people ignorant A*holes most of them. If you notice most of them are the ones defending brown saying if she hit him she deserves it or needs to face the same thing he is...or only black know the true story and what true story would that be? the fact the black women are at the top of dometic abuse or that blacks look at slapping women aka a ho as something you should do to keep a biatch in check....Disgusting!...I don't even believe this story about her hitting him from so called "sources" it's funny how some people want to wait for the facts but will believe a story about "sources" saying she striked him first...if these sources saw the whole thing went down (because obviously they were there right?) how come they let it continue for so long why not call the cops in midst of seeing this all go down????...BS..Blacks are just looking for justification for chris B action because he's a "brother" and I am black for the record but I'm disgusted by blacks and the whole Black Power BS...the only time blacks come together is against whites other than that there hateful peices of sh*t to their own!!!

2054 days ago
79.

nikki    

I bet ninety percent of the commentators on here are sixteen years old white boys and girls. You all sound so ignorant and judgemental. Maybe you are the ones that need anger management classes. None of you know Chris Brown or Rihanna but their personal situation has evoked such strong emotions! People get a life and focus on your own demons!

2054 days ago
80.

nieka    

cut the crap the judge didnt cahrge him the da did you dumbness and in the end it is the judge say it call knowledge dummy..why do they even let you people talk

2054 days ago
81.

Jemynye    

I had a feeling that Rihanna played a greater role in the incident than she alleged. If what TMZ has posted is accurate, she needs to be held accountable as well. It concerns me that many believe it's acceptable for women to physically attack men, but the man is labeled an abuser if he hits back. For those who say Chris Brown could have just walked away if Rihanna started hitting him, alternately Rihanna could have walked away after she read the text. She alleged that he stopped the car and tried to push her out, but the seatbelt prevented it. She could have unlocked the seatbelt and got out of the car, after all, she indicated that she reached her assistant's voice mail and texted while being beaten. I'm tired of women being presumed the victim in these situations regardless of their actions.

2054 days ago
82.

Jill    

The Judge has nothing to do with it. It's the DA's call what to charge him with. It's the DA's JOB to SEEK JUSTICE, and a felony conviction, IS justice in this situation.

2054 days ago
83.

J    

Rihanna knew this was coming and that's why she married him and is asking her lawyer to work with his lawyer, you people crucifying Chris and thinking Rihanna is an angel are a joke.

There are stories coming out of Barbados that this girl is aggressive and she was seen slapping him up in his face. There is a woman on the radio now saying Rihanna was trained in the army and is violent.

You people make me laugh. Chris has had the cleanest perfect image since Donny Osmond.

Put her in jail. She is an obsessed, posessive, crazy, manipulating, lying bitch.

CHRIS BROWN'S FANS HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR WEEKS.

2054 days ago
84.

J    

TMZ are too fast to bury a brother, she's going to get caught by someone when she starts talking and can't get her story straight.

2054 days ago
85.

sickofKate    

These two losers deserve each other!!!

2054 days ago
86.

J    

Chris has not even been given a chance to tell his side of the story. This is a set up. Rihanna's been watching 'A thin line between love and hate' too many times.

She banged her big forehead on the dashboard and went crazy on herself and that's why he ran.

TMZ, PEREZ HILTON GET READY FOR SOME LAW SUITS.

2054 days ago
87.

J    

YES, LETS CHANGE THE GAME ON THIS LYING BITCH.

I HOPE MEMBERS OF THEIR ENTOURAGE COME OUT AND REVEAL HOW SHE'S BEEN BULLYING HIM FOR AGES.

CHRIS SHOULD HAVE STUCK WITH JORDIN SPARKS.

2054 days ago
88.

SHOE SALESMAN AL BONDY    

LET MIKE TYSON PUNCHES CHRIS BROWN`S FACE 10 TIMES AND LET THIS GUY KNOWS THE FEELING OF HIT AS SAME AS RIHANNA DID .

2054 days ago
89.

Shannon26    

Do these two just sit around slappin the sh*t out of one another?? Please. Lifes too short.

2054 days ago
90.

the truth shall set you free    

Don't you think it's a bit strange that her police report fails to mention how she hit him repeatedly as soon as she read his text, which set the whole thing off. It's all about what he allegedly did to her, but nothing about what she did to him - so what else has she left out of the police report? Why did she not get out of the car when he pulled over - when she had the chance - if he's done this so many times before? And how could he keep driving, biting her ear, punching etc etc and she's sitting there sending a freaking text??? - ring 911 you fool!

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