March 5, 2009
(AP) - Chris Brown has been charged with two felonies stemming from an argument with his girlfriend, Rihanna, court documents show.
Brown is expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges
of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal
threats. The 19-year-old R&B singer remains free on $50,000 bail.
The felony complaint handed down in court Thursday morning identifies Brown's alleged victim only as "Robyn F." Rihanna's real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
If convicted, the possible sentence ranges anywhere from probation to four years and eight months in state prison, said district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.
Los Angeles police arrested Brown on Feb. 8 and booked him on
suspicion of making criminal threats. Police said at the time a
woman identified Brown as her attacker during an early morning
dispute in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood.
Phone messages left for Brown's attorney and publicist were not
immediately returned Thursday.
Brown issued a statement a week after the incident saying that
he was "sorry and saddened" about the incident. Rihanna also
later issued a statement, saying she wouldn't comment on the
alleged beating at the request of authorities. She thanked fans for
Brown's arrest has been a dent in the "Run It!" singer's
squeaky-clean image, and compelled sponsors to drop him or not
renew his deals.
The alleged attack also came hours before the couple were
scheduled to appear and perform at the Grammy Awards. Both were
no-shows for event.