Chris Brown Charged with Two Felonies in Assault of Rihanna

On Thursday, March 5th, Chris Brown was charged with two felony counts of assault and making criminal threats in Los Angeles County.  If he’s convicted, he could end up in prison for up to four years and eight months.  Rihanna has asked the judge to allow Chris Brown to contact her, much to the dismay of domestic violence advocates (see the arrest report below).

Unfortunately, Rihanna is no different from other victims of intimate partner violence, who frequently return to their abusers for various reasons including; situational factors (lack of money and resources, fear of greater violence or reprisal, to protect children, to maintain custody of children, isolation, family pressure), emotional factors (loyalty, pity, love, shame, humiliation), or because of personal beliefs (religious and cultural beliefs).

If you are a victim of intimate partner violence you can get help immediately:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-799-SAFE (7233) and 800-787-3224 (TTY). Spanish speakers are available. When you call, you will first hear a recording and may have to hold. Hotline staff offer crisis intervention and referrals. If requested, they connect women to shelters and can send out written information.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-656-4673. When you call, you will hear a menu and can choose #1 to talk to a counselor. You will then be connected to a counselor in your area who can help you. You can also visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline.

Chris Brown arrest report:

“Brown was driving a vehicle with Robyn F. as the front passenger on an unknown street in Los Angeles. Robyn F. picked up Brown’s cellular phone and observed a three-page text message from a woman who Brown had a previous sexual relationship with.

“A verbal argument ensued and Brown pulled the vehicle over on an unknown street, reached over Robyn F. with his right hand, opened the car door and attempted to force her out. Brown was unable to force Robyn F. out of the vehicle because she was wearing a seat belt. When he could not force her to exit, he took his right hand and shoved her head against he passenger window of the vehicle, causing an approximate one-inch raised circular contusion.

“Robyn F. turned to face Brown and he punched her in the left eye with his right hand. He then drove away in the vehicle and continued to punch her in the face with his right hand while steering the vehicle with his left hand. The assault caused Robyn F.’s mouth to fill with blood and blood to splatter all over her clothing and the interior of the vehicle.

“Brown looked at Robyn F. and stated, ‘I’m going to beat the s–t out of you when we get home! You wait and see!’ “

The detective said “Robyn F.” then used her cell phone to call her personal assistant Jennifer Rosales, who did not answer.

“Robyn F. pretended to talk to her and stated, ‘I’m on my way home. Make sure the police are there when I get there.’

“After Robyn F. faked the call, Brown looked at her and stated, ‘You just did the stupidest thing ever! Now I’m really going to kill you!’

“Brown resumed punching Robyn F. and she interlocked her fingers behind her head and brought her elbows forward to protect her face. She then bent over at the waist, placing her elbows and face near her lap in [an] attempt to protect her face and head from the barrage of punches being levied upon her by Brown.

“Brown continued to punch Robyn F. on her left arm and hand, causing her to suffer a contusion on her left triceps (sic) that was approximately two inches in diameter and numerous contusions on her left hand.

“Robyn F. then attempted to send a text message to her other personal assistant, Melissa Ford. Brown snatched the cellular telephone out of her hand and threw it out of the window onto an unknown street.

“Brown continued driving and Robyn F. observed his cellular telephone sitting in his lap. She picked up the cellular telephone with her left hand and before she could make a call he placed her in a head lock with his right hand and continued to drive the vehicle with his left hand.

“Brown pulled Robyn F. close to him and bit her on her left ear. She was able to feel the vehicle swerving from right to left as Brown sped away. He stopped the vehicle in front of 333 North June Street and Robyn F. turned off the car, removed the key from the ignition and sat on it.

“Brown did not know what she did with the key and began punching her in the face and arms. He then placed her in a headlock positioning the front of her throat between his bicep and forearm. Brown began applying pressure to Robyn F.’s left and right carotid arteries, causing her to be unable to breathe and she began to lose consciousness.

“She reached up with her left hand and began attempting to gouge his eyes in an attempt to free herself. Brown bit her left ring and middle fingers and then released her. While Brown continued to punch her, she turned around and placed her back against the passenger door. She brought her knees to her chest, placed her feet against Brown’s body and began pushing him away. Brown continued to punch her on the legs and feet, causing several contusions.

“Robyn F. began screaming for help and Brown exited the vehicle and walked away. A resident in the neighborhood heard Robyn F.’s plea for help and called 911, causing a police response. An investigation was conducted and Robyn F. was issued a Domestic Violence Emergency Protective Order.”


Chris Brown released an official apology:

“Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired,” he said in a statement released by his spokesman. “I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.”

Photo courtesy of Sky


Raven Monk
Raven Monk8 years ago

If Rihanna goes back to Chris, she is just asking for more abuse. She has been advised of every aspect of abuse. She should run in the nearest direction, and never look back. Once an abuser, always an abuser. He isn't going to change, it will only get worse. He isn't all that great anyway--she can do way better. She is a beautiful girl, who should be loved and appreciated, and expect nothing less.

Cheryl J.
Cheryl J8 years ago

Note that Chris Brown previously made a statement about his mother being the victim of domestic violence and that he would NEVER do that to a woman. What is really interesting is, from the words of the police report, he didn't just get mad and hit her once, but repeatly and with sustained anger. There are definitely major issues there...and I hope Rihanna has the strength to leave that relationship before it is too late.

Janice W.
Janice Wilson8 years ago

violence begets violence
In my experience men who beat women were beaten as children by one or both parents -
this isn't a simple issue .
kindness begets kindness, love ~
we live in a world that says it is ok to go kill someone elses wife , children in a war , but you can't kill your own ... ?
human beings need to evolve and resolve all differences peacefully~
whether personal differences or global
It is time ~
Peace Is Possible ~ at least inner peace,and outer peace starts with inner peace.
check out this book
Peace Is Possible ~ full of hope and real answers
kind regards to all ~

Cynthia Johnson
Past Member 8 years ago

Also, I might add with felony charges, prison time served should be on the agenda as well just as any other perpetrator. But money usually takes care of everything. He'll probably get a smack on the wrist, a little bit of community service, and a fine. A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS!

Cynthia Johnson
Past Member 8 years ago

Unfortunately it's called the Cycle of Violence. And a lot of abused people fall into this trap. 1) Escalation phase, 2) Explosion phase, and 3) Honeymoon phase (I'm sorry, it won't happen again). Chris obviously needs help and so does Rihanna. This proves that we're all humans, celebrities or not.

Rick Esping
Rick Esping8 years ago

I have to say...I've lost any amount of sympathy I had for this woman. She is already back with the man she accused of beating her up. SORRY don't was the already burdened courts with a case you don't take seriously enough to warrant a 'break-up'. This woman doesn't deserve publicity or court time for being stupid.

Gillian M.
Gillian M8 years ago

Many victims of domestic violence refuse to press charges. In the UK the police will prosecute on some occasions even if the victim refuses to testify.

These are vicious assualts made worse by the fact that the victims are considered vulnerable because it is within the home.

Victims are often brain washed by the perpetrator and fail to receive support from within the family unit, often disbelief or because of shame.

It is difficult for these women to leave, especially if there are children. Children are used as pawns by the abuser and even by the family.

Women also have problems leaving due to financial contraints.

It is easy to say that someone should leave an abusive relationship but, by the time many relationships reach this point, the woman's self esteem is damaged and her self worth is at zero. In the West, police and courts are not always sympathetic, and I note that many places in the US fall into this category.

Finally, can I point out that the partner abusing in a heterosexual relationship is often the woman, I think around 20%, but it is not reported because of perception. Also parents, siblings, same sex partners etc are also abused. We always feel sorry for the woman, and quite rightly, but remember that not everything is as it seems. Unless you have been there (I have supported women in an abusive relationship) it is easy to criticise. No-one should be afraid within their home and more support needs to be made available.

Cynthia Johnson
Past Member 8 years ago

He needs to learn how to problem solve without the use of violence and should be treated as every other perpetrator of domestic violence.

Dee D.
Dee D8 years ago

Chris Brown must have consequences for this terrible attack. He could have killed her and deserves time in jail, period. If an abuser does not have consequences nothing will stop him from doing it again. He also needs anger control counseling. As far as Rihanna is concerned, I'm sure Chris called her and begged her forgiveness. That is the cycle of abuse, attack and then great remorse. But Rihanna needs to ask herself is her self-sacrifice worth it. Is he more important as a human being then she is. Jesus said "love others as we love ourselves". He did not say love others more than we love ourselves. She needs to find her own self worth and move on.