Rihanna Chris Brown Callback 'He's Not Beating Me'

6/10/2016 7:08 AM PDT

Rihanna made a comment that was at the same time lighthearted and downright eerie, telling her bodyguard to cut a photog a break because "He's not beating me."

Rihanna was leaving her fav ... Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica Thursday night when her bodyguard got a little overprotective.

Was it a conscious reference? You decide.