Chris Brown charged with assault on Rihanna

Thu Mar 5, 2009 2:51pm EST
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By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Chris Brown was charged on Thursday with felony assault and making criminal threats in what prosecutors say was a Grammy-eve attack on his girlfriend, the pop star Rihanna.

Brown, 19, will appear in court for an arraignment on Thursday afternoon and could face up to four years in prison if convicted, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said.

Prosecutors said Brown attacked Rihanna, 21, late on the night before the February 8 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Both singers pulled out of scheduled performances at the televised awards show, and a photo of Rihanna's bruised and battered face was leaked onto the Internet.

Barbados-born Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is identified in the complaint only as "Robyn F." She had not previously been identified by police as the victim.

The formal charges accuse Brown of assaulting Rihanna "by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury" and threatening to commit a crime "which would result in death and great bodily injury."

Local FOX-11 news in Los Angeles, citing a search warrant affidavit filed by police detectives, reported that the couple argued in a car after Rihanna read a lengthy text message from another woman on Brown's phone.

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<p>Recording artist Chris Brown arrives at the Recording Academy's Clive Davis pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills, California February 7, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>