UPDATE: Chris Brown Charged, Arrested After Alleged Rihanna Assault
First Published: February 9, 2009 6:17 AM EST Credit: WireImage
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Chris Brown has been charged with felony battery after an alleged violent incident on Saturday night, Access Hollywood has learned.
Earlier on Sunday, the LAPD was investigating Brown for assault following an alleged domestic violence felony battery against a woman reported to be the singer’s girlfriend, Rihanna, at 12:30 AM on Sunday in Los Angeles. Both Brown and Rihanna pulled out of Sunday evening’s Grammy Awards before the ceremony.
Brown turned himself in on Sunday evening, the LAPD confirmed to Access.
“At around 6:30 PM on February 8, 2009 R&B entertainer Chris Brown turned himself in to authorities at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division,” the LAPD said in a statement to Access. “Detectives investigating the alleged domestic violence felony battery booked him for criminal threats.”
According to his booking sheet, Brown was being held on a $50,000 bail under a felony charge. He has since been released.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the victim of the alleged assault was Rihanna, though the LAPD would not confirm that report.
“At the time the case is presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, additional charges may be filed. It will be up the LA County DA to review the case and determine which charge or charges will be most appropriate,” the LAPD noted.
Earlier, the LAPD confirmed to Access that the R&B singer and an undisclosed woman were in a vehicle on North June St. in the Hancock Park area of LA, where the victim claims an argument occurred. Brown allegedly stopped the car and the woman suffered “visible injuries” and identified the singer as her attacker.
“Mr. Brown is a suspect that we are looking for… we would definitely like to speak with him,” a spokesperson for the LAPD told Access on Sunday evening.
When contacted by Access on Sunday night, a rep for Rihanna said that the singer was “well.”
“Rihanna is well. Thank you for concern and support,” the rep said.
A rep for Chris Brown did not return calls from Access.
“We have just been informed that Rihanna will not be attending tonight’s 51st Annual Grammy Awards,” a Grammy rep confirmed to Access late Sunday afternoon. “We’re sorry she is unable to join us this evening.”
The rep issued a similar statement regarding Brown later in the evening.
“We have just been informed that Chris Brown will not be attending tonight’s 51st Annual Grammy Awards. We’re sorry he is unable to join us this evening,” the rep told Access.
On Saturday evening, the music couple walked the red carpet separately at the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons honoring Clive Davis at the Beverly Hilton, and they were later spotted smiling together inside the party.
Rihanna was set to perform and was nominated for three Grammys, while Brown was up for two awards at the ceremony.
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