News: Update: Chris Brown Turns Himself In, 50K Bail For "Criminal Threats" Against R&B Girlfriend Rihanna [Video]
Sunday, Feb 8, 2009 11:50PM
R&B superstar Chris Brown has reportedly turned himself in to police after being sought for allegedly being involved in a physical dispute with his girlfriend Rihanna on the day they were set to perform at the Grammys.
The police say the singer turned himself in after the couple skipped their Grammy performances.
R&B singer Chris Brown has been booked tonight on suspicion of making felony criminal threats in connection with an incident involving his girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna, according to Los Angeles Police Department sources familiar with the case. Brown was being booked at the Wilshire Division station and is expected to post $50,000 bail, sources said. Los Angeles police said earlier they planned to detain Chris Brown for questioning on an alleged domestic violence assault. (LA Times Blog)
The incident took place while in California prior to this evening's Grammy ceremony.
Los Angeles police say they're investigating an alleged domestic violence felony battery report involving Chris Brown. The police department says in a release the 19-year-old singer and a woman were in a vehicle in the Hancock Park neighborhood early Sunday when they began arguing. (Associated Press)
Brown and the unnamed woman were pulled over by police.
"After stopping his car, Brown and the woman got out and the argument escalated," the LAPD said. "The woman suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker." The LAPD received a 911 call reporting the disturbance and according to the statement, when officers arrived they found the victim, but Brown had already left the scene. (Reuters)
The singer is now being sought by police for a felony charge.
As for why this case is being investigated as a felony and not a misdemeanor, Officer Karen Smith explained "because there was visible injury on the victim. It can be as small as a scratch or much worse, as long as injuries are visible, it's considered a felony." Earlier Saturday night Brown and Rihanna were at the Recording Academy and Clive Davis's Pre-Grammy Gala in Beverly Hills. (People)
A rep for Rihanna declined to confirm if she was victim.
Brown's spokeswoman declined comment aside from confirming that he has canceled his scheduled performance at tonight's Grammy awards. Rihanna's publicist, Amanda Silverman, would only tell E! News that the 20-year-old "Disturbia" singer was involved in a traffic mishap but "is fine." (E! News)
Brown has reportedly turned himself in to authorities.
TMZ can confirm that Chris Brown just entered an LAPD station, where he turned himself in to police. Brown is currently being interviewed by detectives. (TMZ)
Check out a video of Chris Brown being released from authorities below:
In the below AP video Busta Rhymes, Estelle, Jordin Sparks and others respond to early reports of their absence, which was believed to be because of a car accident.