THE LATEST IN THE CHRIS BROWN/RIHANNA CASE
There's been more fallout from CHRIS BROWN's alleged assault of RIHANNA. Entertainment Weekly reports that Sesame Street has pulled a 2007 episode featuring Chris and will no longer air it. Meanwhile, the Milk Mustache campaign, whose ads featuring Chris were already scheduled to end this week, tells EW in a statement, "We are taking the allegations against him very seriously. We are very proud and protective of the image of the...campaign and the responsible message it sends to teens." Additionally, radio stations around the country are reportedly pulling Brown's music from their playlists in protest of his alleged actions.
According to E! Online, CoverGirl will continue to use print and TV ads featuring Rihanna. The company said in a statement, quote, "Out of respect for our CoverGirls, we do not share information regarding their personal lives."Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has asked police to conduct a further investigation into the incident before it makes a decision as to whether or not to file criminal charges against Chris. The Los Angeles Times reports that Rihanna is cooperating with the investigators to build a domestic violence case against him.
According to E! News, Rihanna told authorities that Chris choked her in his Lamborghini after she threw the car keys out a window following an argument. She reportedly claimed he also threatened to kill her and that she lost consciousness. Rihanna reportedly told authorities Chris had fled the scene by the time she regained consciousness.The website Hollyscoop.com reports that Chris has returned to his mom's home in Tappahannock, Virginia, and that Rihanna has been released from the hospital where she was being treated for her injuries and is expected to head home to Barbados to be with her family. According to MTV, Rihanna's grandmother told the local Barbadian paper The Daily Nation, "I don't want people to worry. Rihanna is fine and she is doing well."
Chris' former stepfather, DONNELLE HAWKINS, told Access Hollywood that he, quote, "wouldn't be surprised" if the reports concerning Brown's case turned out to be accurate. Hawkins is the man who Chris claimed in a 2007 Giant magazine interview abused the singer's mother. Hawkins claims he never physically abused Chris' mother, adding that he spanked Chris once.
Both Chris and Rihanna are nominated for the NAACP Image Awards, which air live on Fox this Thursday. When the Los Angeles Times asked if either artist would be attending, a rep said, "We haven't received any word yet."
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