After being sought by police in connection with an alleged domestic assault, Chris Brown has been charged with one count of making felony criminal threats and released from custody on $50,000 bail. The 19 year old singer was accused of being involved in an altercation with a female victim around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Police were summoned to an area near Los Angeles’ Hancock Park neighborhood following reports of a violent domestic dispute that escalated when the two parties involved exited their vehicle. Rihanna has reportedly been named as the victim in the Chris Brown felony battery investigation. According to reports, Robyn Fenty was listed in the police report as the complainant; the pop star’s full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. According to TMZ, Brown could face charges of assault with a deadly weapon. No weapons were recovered from the rented Lamborghini Brown was driving at the time of the incident (the car has since been impounded), however the R&B singer is a trained martial artist. Brown turned himself into police at Los Angeles’ Wilshire station shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday night. Both he and Rihanna were scheduled to appear at the Grammy ceremony, where Rihanna was nominated for three awards and Brown for two. After learning of the stars’ cancellations, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences president Neil Portnow stated, “Sure we were disappointed, but it’s live TV, you have to be prepared. We’re very nimble.” Justin Timberlake and Al Green helped fill in for Rihanna’s nixed performance.
The news sent shockwaves through the Staples Center as Grammy attendees slowly received word of Brown’s arrest. When asked if this incident sounds like Chris Brown to him, rapper David Banner told says, “No, not at all. One situation doesn’t define a man and I really want Americans to stop doing that to people. As humans, none of us is perfect.”
The LA Times reported in a 2007 interview with Giant, Brown revealed his family’s history of domestic abuse. His stepfather “used to hit my mom. He made me terrified all the time, terrified like I had to pee on myself,” he told the magazine. “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.”
Wrigley has announced that the company will suspend advertisements featuring Brown and his song “Forever” in ads for Doublemint gum, which ran on CBS during the Grammy telecast, where Brown was scheduled to perform.
Rihanna and Brown attended Saturday night’s Clive Davis pre-Grammy bash together. The alleged incident happened shortly after the event ended. Rihanna’s publicist issued the statement “Rihanna is well. Thank you for the care and support.”