Rihanna says domestic violence could happen to anyone

Mon Nov 2, 2009 9:57pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Rihanna is due to speak for the first time about the night she was beaten by her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, saying in a TV interview that this could happen to anyone.

R&B singer Brown, 20, was sentenced to five years probation and community service in August for attacking Rihanna, 21, on the eve of the Grammy Awards in February. He has since apologized for the assault but has remained largely out of the media spotlight.

In an interview with Diana Sawyer due to be aired on ABC's program "Good Morning America" on Thursday and Friday this week, the Barbadian singer says Brown was "definitely my first big love."

"This happened to me ... it can happen to anyone," she told Sawyer according to a statement from ABC.

Brown and Rihanna were among the fastest rising R&B artists in the United States before the assault which led to Brown losing several commercial sponsorships and triggered a national debate on violent relationships.

Rihanna released a new single, "Russian Roulette," in October and her fourth studio album "Rated R" is due to be released by label Def Jam Records later this month.

(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)