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Five Years' Probation Part of Sentence for Chris Brown in Rihanna Assault Case

By August 25, 2009

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Five years' probation and six months of community labor. That's the sentence Chris Brown received earlier today from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg, who also told Brown that he could be sent to state prison if he violated the terms of his sentence in the Rihanna assault case. For the next five years, he's to stay 100 yards away from his former girlfriend unless they're at a music industry event.

According to the Associated Press:

A probation report prepared for Tuesday's sentencing describes two previous violent incidents. It said the first happened about three months before the February beating while the couple was traveling in Europe; Rihanna slapped Brown during an argument, and he shoved her into a wall. In the second instance, Brown allegedly broke the front and passenger side windows on a Range Rover they were driving while visiting Barbados, Rihanna's home country. Neither attack was reported, the probation report states.

Brown will serve his sentence in his home state Virginia and his community labor will be overseen by the police chief in Richmond.

The judge said she wanted to ensure that Brown, 20, performs physical labor instead of community service, such as mentoring young people. He will also undergo a year of domestic violence counseling....

In a probation report released after the sentencing, Brown is quoted as saying he was "depressed" since the attack and that he "'does not want to carry on that cycle.'"

There's been an ongoing debate over how much responsibility Rihanna bears for the assault on February 8, 2009 that left her badly beaten on the face and with bite marks on her body. As the probation report indicates, Rihanna did engage in physical abuse of Chris Brown, and we'll never know who initially instigated the violence. However, the police photos of that assault show that the force Brown exerted against her far exceeded any mere attempts at self-defense.

It is never appropriate for anyone -- male or female -- to hit or strike out at a partner. Brown will receive counseling to avoid repeating the cycle, and hopefully Rihanna will also seek out professional help to deal with her own issues of violence and abuse.

For the whole Chris Brown/Rihanna story:

From Arrest to Sentencing - the Chris Brown Rihanna Assault Case


August 26, 2009 at 9:53 am
(1) Belinda says:

I believe that no man has the right to hit anyone espcially being in a relationship where I have been a victim of physcial and mental abuse yet I do feel that Chris recieved what he has gotten because of who is and being in a public figure. I have seen many women beaten in a worst state and the judge let them go and in some cases the women are dead.
Some men with legal abuse have a long history of this violence. I hope that all who aren’t in the public figure get the same treatment.

August 26, 2009 at 11:34 am
(2) AnneCaroline says:

My sense is that Chris Brown got different treatment in this case because Judge Patricia Schnegg is very savvy about domestic violence. Sadly, most of our nation’s judiciary are clueless about domestic violence. Some of them engage in it at home so they don’t see a perpetrator standing before them in court. They see themselves.

Linda is correct. Every couple, from time to time, will disagree. A man who has respect for a woman, however, will not resort to physical violence to exert control and to intimidate the woman he claims he loves into submission.

It takes a lot of force to smash in windows on a Range Rover. And, on February 8, he came close to killing her.

The good that has come out of this story is that it has broken down the wall of silence on dating abuse. Sadly, it has also surfaced many myths and misunderstandings about the dynamics of violence against women.

It also surfaced the pervasive misogyny that entitles men to respond with deadly force to beat women into submission.

September 2, 2009 at 10:28 pm
(3) whiteknyght says:

Meanwhile… the victim Rhianna has posed in Vogue gagged and bound in classic BDSM splendor…


Would a true victim do this?

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