Singer Chris Brown charged with assault on Rihanna

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

Brown 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 Feb. 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.

According to the documents, Brown tried to push Rihanna  from his rented Lamborghini but couldn’t because she was  wearing a seatbelt. Brown then shoved Rihanna’s head against the passenger  window and repeatedly punched her in the face, spattering blood  in the car and on her clothing and filling her mouth with  blood, FOX said.

During the beating, Rihanna left a message for an assistant  to have police waiting for the couple at home, FOX reported,  prompting Brown to tell her: “You just did the stupidest thing  ever. I’m going to kill you.”

According to the documents obtained by FOX, Brown then continued to punch Rihanna, bit her ear and finger and put her  into a headlock until she nearly lost consciousness.

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