See that big red cirle in the photograph above? That’s Rihanna sitting and listening intently to the proceedings during Chris Brown‘s court hearing yesterday. As you know, he was hauled back into court because it was believed that Brown had not completed his community service properly last year. Here’s the interesting part — Brown was required to do community service as a part of his sentence for assaulting Rihanna back in 2009. And here she is, with him in court to listen to his team swear that he did his time? It’s an odd sort of full circle, isn’t it? His team came prepared, too, considering Chris’ lawyer, Mark Geragos, was on the offensive from the get-go. He went off at a press conference stating, “I have never had a client who has been tortured like Chris Brown has” adding, “The D.A. is paralyzed with the thought his probation will be terminated. If that happens they won’t be able to jock him around like they’ve been jocking him around.”
In court, Geragos fought back against allegations that Chris had lied about completing his required 180 hours of community service by presenting legal documents including invoices and other proof showing that his client had paid $31,534.70 to the Richmond PD for security during his service. The D.A had stated that Brown hadn’t done so. Geragos also presented various documents that showed proof that Brown had done service at various police departments. This is just the start of it, because there are still a lot of accusations against Chris, one being that his mother had filled out his hours and his team had tampered with the details. But Geragos insists that he’s on the job and so far, “what we’ve uncovered so far should shock the conscience of the court. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.” This should be interesting.
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In a lengthy post on his private Instagram, Chris Brown complained about how people keep telling him to relax all the time and ignore what people are saying about him, his fight with Frank Ocean and the latest news that prosecutors believe he violated probation by not completing his community service.
Maybe his perpetual Rihanna-Karrueche love triangle wasn’t the real cause of Chris Brown’s tears last night. Instead, it could have to do with the ups and downs of his criminal record. He received good news yesterday, in the form of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department announcing they were closing the investigation into his alleged parking lot scuffle with Frank Ocean.
Breezy is bummed, y’all. Leaving L.A.’s Greystone Manor night club in the wee hours of Monday morning, Chris Brown was spotted getting all misty eyed. We can’t be sure, but it might have had something to do with the fact that his rumored lady love Rihanna had stormed out on her own a few minutes before. Just a thought. It sounded like a pretty uncomfortable night out for all concerned as Brown’s ex-Karrueche Tran also showed up at the very same night club, on the arm of another dude. Jeez you guys, Los Angeles is a pretty big city. Why does this damn love triangle keep partying at the same places!? All this awkwardness could have totally been avoided if they’d just checked in on Foursquare.
Whatever the case, and whatever his relationship status, emotion seemed to get the better of Brown as he was seen in tears being driven away from the club with his entourage, but without a lady. Riri for her part seemed calm, cool and collected as she made her way out into the parking lot wearing a short red mini skirt and rockin’ her help semi-shaved hairdo. It’s unknown at this time what went down between the two love rivals inside the club, but it definitely seemed like the were too close for comfort! Did Breezy freak because Karrueche has a new man? Did Rihanna catch them stealing a moment together? We suspect that we’ll have some kind of Twitter update from Ri shortly. Did Chris just blow his one chance of “not f–king up again” with Rihanna? We’ll see!
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We really, really want to believe this one, for Rihanna’s sake. Not that it’s not something you hear from women who go back to the men who abused them all the time, but at least this quote is better than the brush-off “none of your business” statements she’s made in the past. After appearing all over the place with Chris Brown and writing cryptic tweets about their time together for the past few months, RiRi spelled things out for her Rolling Stone cover story.
“He doesn’t have the luxury of f—ing up again,” she said, by way of assuring the world that she won’t stand for any hint of abuse again. “That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.”
She also reiterates what she’s been saying all along about this: that she doesn’t care what we think about her reunion with the man who assaulted her in 2009. “I decided it was more important for me to be happy,” she said. “I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”
We hope so, Rihanna. We really do.
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Karrueche Tran, what have you been doing since Chris Brown allegedly dumped you in October? It took you this long to realize what a pile of celeb gossip gold you have in your back pocket? You are the other woman in the Chris Brown/Rihanna drama, after all. We would be more surprised if you didn’t use the exposure to further your career, like posing topless for the cover of Rolling Out magazine.
You know a really great way to win public support for yourself? Compare yourself to Jesus Christ on the cross. At least that’s what Chris Brown in his notorious foot-in-mouth social media manner must have been thinking yesterday when he posted a painting of (a very muscular) Jesus on Instagram with the caption, “Painting the way I feel today. Focus on what matters.” This was after we all learned that his posse got into an altercation with Frank Ocean’s posse in the parking lot of a recording studio on Sunday night.
If we’re to believe CB’s lawyer, Mark Geragos (and/or the sources who spoke to TMZ), there is some truth to the Christ analogy. Reportedly, there is surveillance footage that shows both Brown and Ocean stayed out of the melee and left any fighting up to their entourages. The only glitch being that this video didn’t capture the beginning of the fight, so it basically proves nothing. These sources also explained to TMZ that Chris didn’t stick around to talk to the sheriff’s department because his lawyer had advised him to get far, far away from any site of trouble.
Except we think he meant before any fights started, not after.
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Related: Chris Brown And Frank Ocean Fight Over Parking Spot? A He Said-He Said
Full confession: We have almost come to blows with people over parking spots. Almost. But apparently, if you’re Chris Brown and Frank Ocean, accompanied by you’re entourage, and the spot in question is outside a recording studio, that “almost” turns into full-on fight with the sheriff’s department being called. Who hit whom and who started it? Here’s what we know so far:
Chris’ version: According to TMZ, sources close to Brown say the singer was leaving the Westlake Studio on Sunday night when Ocean and Co. blocked him from getting out, saying, “This is my studio, this is my parking spot.” When Brown went to shake his hand, a member of Ocean’s entourage went in for the attack, and one of Brown’s guys stepped in and hit Ocean’s guy. That’s when Frank went after Chris. Brown and his reps haven’t commented directly on the altercation, but he did post a photo of himself in the studio on Instagram with the caption: “Working on my album. Not working on negativity. Focus on feeding ya family. Bulls— will forever be in the shadows.”
Frank’s Twitter version of the story:
News flash: Rihanna really likes weed, you guys! Ok, this should come as a surprise to exactly zero people, least of all Lena Dunham. Just yesterday we told you how the Girls star criticed Riri for her stream of pot-themed tweets and Instagrams. So maybe this most recent shot of the singer is especially dedicated to Lena!
We’re not going to get involved with their beef, but Rihanna definitely wasn’t fooling when she went as the Queen of Ganja for Halloween. It’s always 4:20 by Rihanna’s watch. To prove it, we’ve gone ahead and assembled 20 pictures of Ri blazin’ up…from this past year alone! We’re not going to include those infamous pictures of her at Coachella last year, because we’re still not totally convinced that those aren’t corn chips that she’s eating off that bald dude’s head. But there’s quite a few others in there, from all kinds of occasions. To be fair, some of them could be hand rolled cigs. But it’s just as likely as she and Chris Brown being “just friends”…
Newly-minted Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham made some unfortunate headlines recently following some unkind remarks about her from shock-jock Howard Stern. Luckily that all ended peacefully, but now the multi-talented Girls star is throwing some shade of her own: At pop goddess Rihanna! Oh girl, didn’t you read our post about Riri’s most vicious Twitter slams? This could be bad news, you guys.
Lena appeared on Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here’s The Thing (lulz) and admitted that she “used to be really into” Rihanna. But lately she feels that her DGAF attitude has gone a little too far, and worries about the effect that she’s having as a role model on her young fans. “I don’t want to ever throw stones from my glass house, but I follow her on Instagram and I just think about how many little girls beyond what I could even comprehend are obsessed with Rihanna,” Lena explained. “Like you know, she left Barbados, she’s had this amazing career, she’s won a Grammy. She’s talented.”
She cites Rihanna rejoining Team Breezy as a major turning point for her. “Then she gets back together with Chris Brown and posts a million pictures of them smoking marijuana together on a bed. And it cracks my heart in half in a way that makes me feel like I’m 95 years old.” Many of Ri’s Navy are starting to wonder if her “good girl gone bad” shtick isn’t just an act, and fear the way she’s influencing children who look up to her.