Thursday, 12 February 2009

Rihanna and Chris Brown row

Singer Rihanna has been treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for swelling and bruises after an argument with boyfriend singer Chris Brown in the early hours of this Sunday morning.

The pair allegedly entered into a physical fight whilst arguing over a text message Chris Brown received from another female. The other woman has been rumoured to be singer Leona Lewis. This follows reports that the two were seen flirting at a pre-Grammy awards party in Los Angeles. Lewis has emphatically denied this claim stating that she attended the party with her boyfriend and is very happy with boyfriend Lou.

According to police sources on a website, Rihanna, 20, lost consciousness during the alleged attack in the early hours of Sunday morning, as Brown choked her and screamed: "I'm going to kill you!" One source said that Rihanna came round to find that her 19-year-old boyfriend had fled. Brown later turned himself in to police, was charged with making criminal threats and released on $50,000 (£34,000) bail, although more charges may follow.

Ironically, in 2007, Brown himself claimed in an interview with American magazine Giant that his own family had suffered domestic abuse at the hands of his stepfather. “He used to hit my mom,” the singer told the magazine. “He made me terrified all the time, terrified like I had to pee on myself. I remember one night he made her nose bleed. I was crying and thinking, ‘I’m just gonna go crazy on him one day.’ … I hate him to this day.”

Emil Wilbekin, editor in chief of Giant, told MTV News on Monday that he was saddened by the news. “In the 2007 article, he talks about his abusive stepfather beating on his mother, and unfortunately, that type of behavior often becomes a pattern within families,” Wilbekin said. “It’s a little sad, because he is a role model for so many young men and has so many young female fans. It does send a really bad message.”

Rapper Kanye West spoke with KIIS FM’s Ryan Seacreast earlier this week about the incident. He said he was shocked and devastated upon hearing the news. “I don’t want to speak too much on it, but I was completely devastated by the concept of what I heard,” the superstar rapper/producer said on the air. “[Rihanna] has the potential to be, you know, the greatest artist of all-time and, in that sense, I feel like [she is] my baby sis. I would do any and everything to help her in any situation.”

“I feel like, just as a person, I don’t care how famous she is or even if she just worked at McDonald’s, that should never happen. It should never come to that, to that place,” he said.

This is a sad story for the many fans of both Rihanna and Chris Brown who were initially secretive about the fact that they were dating. This will most certainly shatter well managed image of Chris Brown who has until now enjoyed a squeaky-clean image in the music business.

Yesterday, Wrigley, the chewing gum manufacturer, announced that they were suspending a Doublemint commercial featuring the singer, pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Rihanna has yet to release a statement or to confirm that the injured woman was in fact herself.

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