Rihanna describes night of attack by Chris Brown

Fri Nov 6, 2009 11:12pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer Rihanna broke her silence on Friday about the night her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown attacked her, saying he had bitten her, put her in a headlock and left her bleeding and swollen.

"It wasn't the same person that says 'I love you.' It was not those...eyes," Rihanna, 21, told Diane Sawyer in an interview on ABC television's "Good Morning America" show.

"He had...no soul in his eyes. Just blank...He was clearly blacked out. There was no person when I looked at him," she said.

Brown, 20, singer of hits like "Kiss, Kiss," was sentenced to five years probation and 180 hours of community service for the assault in February on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

He has apologized publicly and although the pair briefly reunited, Rihanna said she now has "no desire at all to be with him."

Rihanna said the attacks started with an argument over a text message Brown received while they were driving home from an industry party.

"I couldn't take it that he kept lying to me. And he couldn't take it that I wouldn't drop it. And...it was ugly," she told Sawyer.

She acknowledged police reports that Brown bit her, put her in a head lock until she had trouble breathing, and punched her several times in the eye.

"I fended him off with my feet...but it was not like, it was not like a fight with each other. I just...I really just wanted it to stop," she said.   Continued...

<p>Singer Rihanna (R) is shown with ABC newswoman Diane Sawyer in this publicity photograph released by ABC November 5, 2009, in an exclusive interview for ABC's program "20/20" talking publicly for the first time what happened between her and singer and ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who was sentenced to community labor, five years of probation and one year of domestic-violence counseling for attacking Rihanna in 2009. REUTERS/Ida Mae Astute/ABC/Handout</p>