It’s a rough time for Chris Brown, and it seems like while there are some people (Rihanna) who can forgive him of his transgressions, there are others who still hold grudges. Brown was set to perform at the BET Awards on Sunday but certain influential folks like Al Sharpton and Jay-Z weren’t having it and the singer’s performance was pulled.
A source told the New York Daily News: “Al made such a fuss to the BET executives that they pulled Chris. Jay is a big name in the BET community, and he was very vocal about his displeasure with Chris attending the ceremony. He didn’t want Chris anywhere near the awards so close to the court’s ruling.”
That Jay-Z would put up this kind of stink is no surprise. When news of Rihanna’s beating broke in February, Jay was allegedly enraged and called Chris a “walking dead man.” He has long been protective of Rihanna since discovering her five years ago and signing her to Def Jam Records. [Source: NY Daily News; Photo: Getty Images]
Our favorite single lady Rihanna is back in the Big Apple, and the singer is sporting a new tattoo on her ankle. Riri departed her hotel earlier today in a casual get-up – shorts, loafers, an orange halter top, and her new ink, a cute little skull and bones complete with a girlie bow. It’s both precious and bad-ass, just like her!
Are you a fan of Rihanna’s new skin art? [Photo: Splash News Online]
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We don’t think we would want to remain friends with the guy that allegedly smashed our face into a car window, but Rihanna is a more forgiving person than us, it seems. This week, a court ordered Chris Brown to stay 50 yards away from Rihanna at all times (although at music industry events, he can come within 10 yards of her), but the former couple thinks the no-contact clause will get in the way of rekindling their friendship.
Brown pled guilty to one count of felony assault and he was given 180 days of labor service instead of jail time and the “stay-away” order. A friend of the former couple says of the order “it’s unnecessary and ridiculous. After [the proceeding], Ri and Chris talked on the phone for almost an hour and really worked at becoming friends. They’re solid now.” So they’re no longer BF/GF but they totally wanna be BFFs? How very Elaine Benes and Jerry Seinfeld of them.
The mutual friend, speaking to the New York Daily News, did promise that there’s no chance of romance between the pair. “That’s 100% done. They aren’t looking to hook back up again. They’re both moving on and going their separate ways.” [Source: NY Daily News; Photo: Getty Images]
Just two days after Chris Brown copped a guilty plea in the assault case against him, his alleged new single has leaked onto the web. The name of the Neptunes-produced track may shock people – it’s called “Not My Fault” (listen here). We wonder what Rihanna thinks of Chris’ musical message?
We’ve listened to the song a couple times and it seems to be about a guy who broke a girl’s heart – not her face. But regardless of the topic the timing seems quite deliberate, which may mean that Brown isn’t wasting any time getting back to work. Though he will have to wait a while to tour – the singer is scheduled to do 180 days of community service in his home state of Virginia. [Photo: GettyImages]
Rihanna is set to take the stand at 1:45 pm today in the preliminary hearing in the assault case against Chris Brown. Rihanna herself could testify, as could Hancock Park residents who witnessed the alleged beating. The purpose of this preliminary hearing is to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to have a trial.
If Chris’ lawyer Mark Geragos cross-examines Rihanna, sources say he will insist that Rihanna was the initial aggressor, and hit Chris first.
Also, the graphic photos of Rihanna’s bloody and bruised face will reportedly be crucial evidence in the case.
Superior Court judge Patricia Schnegg denied requests for cameras in the two-hour hearing. Stay tuned to see what goes down during Rihanna’s big day in court. [Source: LA Times, TMZ, People]
Last month, Rihanna was caught making out with Drake, the DeGrassi star turned rapper. Despite the “just friends” denials that followed, Drake yelled “shout out to Rihanna, I love you baby!” on stage soon after and the stars continue to spend time together. Last week they both attended a Black Eyed Peas concert, and Monday night the pair showed up at the afterparty for Year One on the Empire Hotel roof. “She and Drake were attached at the hip…they are definitely together, but really trying to be discreet,” says Page Six‘s source.
Drake has a Top 20 single, “Best I Ever Had,” and he’s the opening act for Lil Wayne‘s “America’s Most Wanted” summer tour. Are they trying to avoid the attention a public relationship would receive—or is his career benefiting from the gossip?
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Apparently every move that singer Chris Brown makes – from his recent basketball game appearances with pal Omarion (pictured above) to his “I’m not a monster” video – is orchestrated by his crisis management firm. The reps – who he hired in the wake of his domestic violence scandal – are doing everything in their power to make the public forget all about Chris’ alleged antics, which supposedly left ex-girlfriend Rihanna bruised and battered.
According to TMZ, Sitrick and Company is urging Brown to stay in the public eye – to a point. Clubbing, apparently, is off-limits, and his peeps weren’t pleased when he hit up a hot spot recently with some of the Kardashian kids and Bow Wow in tow.
Sources also say that Rihanna’s recent stints out in public looking happy and healthy only help Chris’ case. The singer will be appearing in court next Monday at the first hearing in Brown’s trial. [Photo: GettyImages]
Rihanna sloshed through the rain in New York City yesterday clinging to a bright yellow umbrella and decked out in a dress made out of nightmares. Luckily the stunning songbird can pull off just about anything, including the face of a gorilla clinging to her body. Besides, we hardly noticed the monster’s mug, cuz we were so distracted by her sweet little smile. It’s nice to see the singer looking happy these days. Perhaps her new crush has something to do with it? [Photo: Splash News Online]
Apparently Chris Brown was hard at work at last Thursday’s NBA Finals game, trying to get back on the good side of his ex, Rihanna. While RiRi was wisely hiding in the team owner’s personal lounge, her allegedly violent ex approached her posse during the half time break to chat and shake hands with all her pals. “Chris was definitely trying to make the situation less awkward,” said a spy. “He was trying to be very grownup, and wanted Rihanna to see that as well.”
But apparently Rihanna wasn’t interested in her making amends with her ex – she was too busy checking out Magic forward Rashard Lewis. “Rihanna is trying to get to know Rashard. She’s digging on him, and she hopes the feeling is mutual,” a source revealed. Tall, talented and cute? Sounds like a a perfect rebound. [Photos: GettyImages]
Rihanna and Chris Brown both turned up to the NBA finals last night in Orlando, Florida. The former couple sat at opposite ends of the arena (but on the front row, natch), in the first time they’ve been spotted together at the same event since the end of their relationship. Some reports even allege that the couple requested to be seated near each other at the game, though it appears that did not happen.
Their appearance came soon after it emerged Rihanna has been supoeaned to testify at Chris’s court case on June 22nd. But clearly, no worldwide assault scandal gets in the way of their mutual love of basketball! [Photos: AFP]