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Chris Brown -- Let's Make a Deal

4/6/2009 7:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris BrownChris Brown's lawyer and the prosecutor in the Rihanna case have been engaged in "serious" plea bargain negotiations and according to one source, a "deal is close."

We know Brown will plead not guilty today, however the plea may just be a formality.

Sources say Rihanna has made it clear she does not want to testify in the case and wants Brown to cop a plea. We're told one of the reasons she's in Barbados right now is because "she wants to be as far away from this case as possible."

As we first reported, Brown was inclined to plead either guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor, provided he got no jail time -- but since we broke that story, the D.A. and Mark Geragos, Brown's lawyer, have gotten down to the nitty gritty.

We do not know if Brown changed his view and would accept jail time to avoid a trial. Brown will be in court today for the arraignment.

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91.

jjj    

She is disrespecting women and all victims of domestic violence. I cannot believe she is in hiding and helping this dangerous man escape jail. He will only learn that it is okay to use violence against women, and will do it again. No lesson learned.

1842 days ago
92.

hate her    

WHY SHOULD SHE STAND UP FOR A GROUP OF WOMEN SHE HAS NOTHING IN COMMON WITH?

RIHANNA IS NOT A BATTERED WOMAN!!!!

WHY DON'T ALL OF YOU BATTERED WOMEN ASK THE SHAM WOW VICTIM TO BE YOUR ROLE MODEL? NOW THAT'S A BATTERED WOMAN FOR YOU!!!!

1842 days ago
93.

me    

How can they even entertain a plea bargain with this sissy? They've got him dead to rights and should make him learn a hard lesson, that you can't hit a woman, ever. There is no way to rationalize it. My sister was married to an abusive man who wouldn't change, and it took a very terrible day to get him out of her life and her kids' lives. Unfortunately he's still breathing and walking around free. I have no sympathy for punk brown or anyone that can use the term "she provoked it". But I wish Rhianna would woman up and help make him face what he's done by testifying. And to Oprah, Dr. Phil, and everyone else that has "advice", shut up you publicity chasing vampires, because you're only cheapening a terrible situation.

1842 days ago
94.

jenneifer    

OK JUSTICE FOR CHRIS...THIS IS MY ANSWER FOR YOU..NOBODY KNOWS WHY SHE SAT ON THE KEYS, I MEAN NOBODY WAS THERE TO SEE WHY..YOU KNOW..I HONESTLY BELIEVE YOU ARE A TRUE CHRIS BROWN FAN AND THERE MILLIONS MORE OF YOU OUT THERE..BUT THE PPL WHO ARE BASHING HIM AND SAYING ALL THIS CRAP ABOUT HIM WILL ANSWER FOR IT LATER. YES WE ALL KNOW WHAT WENT DOWN WAS WRONG BUT NOBODY WANTS TO BELIEVE SHE REALLY COULD HAVE STARTED THIS WHOLE THING WHICH ISNT AN EXCUSE BUT THERE IS NO WAY SHE SHOULDNT EXPECT TO HIT A MAN CONTINUOUSLY WHILE HE IS DRIVING AND NOT GET AWAY WITH IT OR NOT GET PUSHED BACK. NOW THE WAY SHE DESCRIBED WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT DOES NOT ADD UP TO HER FACE. HER FACE WAS NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT SHE SAID WENT DOWN THAT NIGHT, IF HE DID ALL THAT TEN YES THEY WOULD HAVE CHARGED HIM RIGHT AWAY BUT THEY DIDNT HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE...NOW THE FACT THAT SHE FAKED A PHONE CALL AND SAT ON THE KEYS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE BECAUSE ANY BATTERED WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY HIT BEFORE WOULD NOT DARE TO CALL ANYONE LET ALONE PICK UP A PHONE OR TAKE THE KEYS, THEY WOULD BE SCARED TO DEATH. SO MAYBE THAT HELPED A LITTLE..,NOW IM NOT SAYING CHRIS SHOULD HAVE HIT HER THATS NOT WHAT IM SAYING..BUT WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT THIS HAS GOTTEN OUT OF CONTROL AND IT ISNT EVEN A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE AND THERE IS WAY MOREEEEEE TO THIS STORY THEN EVERYBODY THINKS..THE MEDIA AND EVERYONE ELSE IS TRYING TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THIS 19 YEAR OLD IS SOME KIND OF MURDERER/RAPIST AND HE ISNT HE GOT INTO A HEATED FIGHT A MUTUAL COMBAT AND MADE A MISTAKE..I DONT CARE IF YOU ALL DISAGREE BUT THATS HOW I SEE IT AND WE WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED UNLESS HE COMES OUT AND SAYS IT..SO WE NEED TO PRAY FOR HIM AND HER INSTEAD OF JUDGING AND POINTING FINGERS WHEN DONT KNOW THE WHOLE TRUTH TO THE STORY...AND EVERYONE OUT THERE IF HE DOES COME OUT IF THIS SITUATION STRONGLY AND IT REALLY WAS BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION YOU SHOULD ALL PRAY FOR YOUR SOULS FOR BASHING HIM AND BEING SOOOOO RUDE AND MEAN BECAUSE GOD IS JUDGING YOU RIGHT NOW AND YOU WILL ANSWER TO HIM!

1842 days ago
95.

Rindy    

PEOPLE YOU JUST DONT USE YOUR BRAIN. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE ONE. 1. AS LONG AS THE MEDIA AND OTHERS ARE IN A FRENZY OVER THIS THEY WILL WAIST THE TAX PAYERS MONEY. 2. THEIR IS NO WITNESSES TO WHAT HAPPEN BUT RIHANNA AND CHRIS. 3. HE WILL NOT BE FOUND GUILTY BY THE EVIDENCE BUT THE EVIDENCE WILL HELP HIM NOT GET CONVICTED. 4. PICTURE AND AFFIDAVIT DO NOT ADD UP/ SOMEONE IS NOT TELLING THE TRUTH ( THEIR IS NO WAY HE PUNCHED HER AT ALL). 5. THEY BOTH ARE GUILTY OF ASSAULTING EACH OTHER. 6. THEY SHOULD SHARE THE PUNSHMENT WITH ASSAULT/BATTERY CHARGES. 7. FELONY CHARGES WILL NOT STICK IF THIS CASE GOES TO TRIAL. 8. THIS IS NOT A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE. 9. SITTING ON KEYS IS NOT WHAT A VICTIM DOES. 10. EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT HOW THE LAW WORKS. 11. ALL THE GUYS/ MEN WHO WANT A PIECE OF CHRIS BROWN DONT TALK ABOUT IT BE ABOUT IT. JUST LIKE YOU SAID REAL MEN DONT HIT WOMEN. REAL MEN DONT TALK A LOT OF SMOKE EITHER.

1842 days ago
96.

tiredoftrailertrash    

JUSTICE FOR CHRIS , YOU SAID TO US CHRIS HATERS, WE DON'T KNOW THE TRUTH CAUSE WE WEREN'T THERE. WELL NEITHER WERE YOU.. OR WERE YOU?? WERE YOU HIDING IN THEIR CAR IN THE ASH TRAY, OR THE TRUNK? I THINK NOT.. SO YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO PREACH TO OTHERS , BECAUSE YOU THINK YOUR OPINION IS THE ONLY ONE THAT IS RIGHT.. SO QUIT BEING ANNOYING.. YOU'RE LIKE A LITTLE ANNOYING KNAT, BUZZZZZZZ BUZZZZZZZZZZZZ , SLAP THAT KNAT,, OR SINCE YOU LOVE CHRIS BROWN YOU MIGHT ENJOY SOMEWONE SWATTING YOU

1842 days ago
97.

twogolfcats    

Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton when you NEED the????? Oh, I forgot, they only go after4 White abusers!!!!!

1842 days ago
98.

Reyna    

He needs to go to jail just like all the other average joe's who do this have to do.
No exception just cause you a "celebrity".
Tired of them getting away with everything & anything.
If it was Tom from down the street they would have already locked his ass up.

1842 days ago
99.

Deryk Devanz    

What he did was assault her in Canada! that's jail time, she looked terrible after, they have the shots to prove it!

1842 days ago
100.

this is serious from NC    

Are you all serious!!! They had an argument & fight, there are many woman who get beat everyday by their husbands and boyfriends. let's try to help out every woman, man or child that gets beat on a daily basis. Not just this upity trick Rihanna just because she is famous. let's look at the bigger picture here. help all men, children and women who are in this situation -- not just her! let's get real people.

1842 days ago
101.

JaY    

WELL I HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ON THIS...FOR 1 NOBODY CAN REALLY SAY WHAT HAPPENED SINCE NONE OF US WAS THERE TO WITNESS THE INCIDENT...I MYSELF HAS BEEN A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE...
(ON BOTH ENDS)...I WAS SENT TO JAIL FOR DEFENDING MYSELF, A MAN HAD TRIED TO PUT HIS HANDS ON ME & WHEN I DEFENDED MYSELF I SCRATCHED HIS FACE! HE CALLED THE POLICE & OFF I WENT!...GOT 16 WEEKS ANGER MNGMT FOR IT...MY POINT?....JAIL TIME FOR A FIGHT BETWEEN A MAN & HIS WOMAN ISNT REALLY THE ANSWER...THERE ARE 2 SIDES 2 EVERY STORY & FROM THE BITS & PIECES OF THIS STORY SOUNDS LIKE RHIANNA HAD A JEALOUSY STREAK & MAYBE JUST MAYBE PROVOKED THE FIGHT!..IM IN NO WAY DEFENDING EITHER ONE OF THEM, HOWEVER SOUNDS MORE LIKE COUPLES COUNSELING & ANGER MNGMT MIGHT BE THE ANSWER FOR THE BOTH OF THEM!...OH & FOR RHIANNA ? SHE WILL DEFINITELY TAKE CHRIS BACK...IF THIS DOESNT GET UNDER CONTROL NOW IT WILL JUST KEEP HAPPENING & HAPPENING UNTIL THEY BOTH EBD UP IN JAIL!...JUST MY OPINION

1842 days ago
102.

gardinia30    

They both should go to court, Maybe then they both would be embarrassed into shame for hitting one another, However, Chris should have walked away. he obviously has some anger issues to keep hitting her with his fists over and over again.

1842 days ago
103.

maya    

@ JUSTICE FOR CHRIS F******G BROWN
Seeing that u obviously don’t give up, here’s an answer for u.
Are u a battered woman urself? Have u been assaulted before? If no then how the hell can u know the answer for ur own question. I don’t know why she sat on the keys. U don’t know y she sat on the keys. Nobody knows even IF she sat on the keys or if she threw them out or if she stuffed them in his face. NOBODY KNOWS. Everyone is throwing in crap to what happened that night and nothing has been proven.

About the blood thing, how do u know how much blood she spurted out. U keep throwing in these damn excuses when u don’t know sh*t urself. Of course there’s not gonna be blood in the picture u idiot, when u bleed, u wipe it out and also the picture was taken a good time after the beat down so the freakin blood would have stopped coming out. Did u also forget that her dress was taken by police due to blood stains as well. It is obvious u’re not gonna find blood splashed all over the car because he didn’t bust her femoral artery but surely there was enough blood to show that she was beaten down.
And did u think that maybe the DA took its time bcoz they know that this is a highly publicised case and they want to make sure they have good evidence before pressing charges. Or that they took their time to get evidence to press more charges against him which is what eventually happened.

And don’t talk about how real battered women look like. Sure there are levels of violence but u cannot tell me that she was not battered. So is there in your opinion a certain level of bashing u need to endure and certain number of bruises u need to show before u’re classified as battered? Violence is violence. The extent of it determines the degree of punishment but it sure as hell does not mean it was not violence.

And for ur lame ass excuse that he’s not a monster bcoz no one is speaking against him. I mean do u live under a rock or smthg. This is show BUSINESS they live in. They all know the same people and work for the same industry. Do u really think someone is gonna enter a fight themselves to defend someone else. I mean who goes looking for ways to bring more trouble unto themselves. chris and rihanna are two of the biggest names in the industry now. Do u think anyone is gonna include themselves in this mess and start taking sides? Hell no. That will minimise fanbases. Does that mean they don’t think chris is at fault? Hell no. I noticed u mentioned the ones that either retracted their comments or didn’t speak. Why don’t u mention everyone that has come out and defended rihanna and stated that NO MAN SHOULD HIT A WOMAN NO MATTER HOW MUCH SHE WOULD HAVE TEMPTED U TO DO SO.

And please the general public doesn’t see him as a monster. Yeh right. They even criticize him going out to play basketball and take pictures with woman. U can be sure that the people see him as a monster. It’s only the blinded fans like u that keep defending him. no offence but really imagine ur mom being beaten by someone she cared about even if she had started the fight over some texts and had thrown in some punches at someone twice her size (who had showed no visible injuries by the way), would u really be defending the guy the way u do to chris.

1842 days ago
104.

chris browns biggest fan    

Ok seriously, I think Chris Brown is innocent until proven guilty. I don't think we should be causing him stress just because he is a celebrity. If he was not a celebrity nobody would be commenting this much. And his music has nothing to do with his personal choices. THANK YOU

1842 days ago
105.

ROBIN BURD    

As a woman who in her 20's,who was physically,emotionally and mentally abused..I should have put him in jail. I didnt and he came after me again and tried 2 kill me! It was going 2 b him or me.Lets hope the plea means some jail time or he'll never get it.Good Luck Rihanna...shes gonna need it.

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