More details have emerged about the severity of Rihanna’s wounds following the alleged Chris Brown battery incident Saturday night in Los Angeles. Police sources tell TMZ that when they arrived at the Hancock Park crime scene, they took photos of the singer’s injuries, which they called “horrific.” There were reportedly major contusions on both sides of Rihanna’s face, and her lip was split and nose was bloody. There was also “serious swelling and bruising,” as well as several bite marks on her arm and several fingers.
Rihanna reportedly refused treatment at the crime scene, but permitted the photos; she later sought medical attention at an L.A. hospital. The photos were described as “devastating proof of abuse.” TMZ also reports that Rihanna told police her assailant did the damage solely with his fists and did not have any weapons. MTV reports that the couple’s relationship had become strained in recent weeks as a result of the high-profile pressure and constant rumors about the pair concerning infidelity. (Check out photos of Rihanna and Chris Brown in the days and hours leading up to the incident in their Grammy weekend gallery.)
Rolling Stone has learned that on Friday, the day before the incident, Brown was picked up at 1:30 p.m. from his the London Hotel and went to the Staples Center for Grammy rehearsals. Rihanna had rehearsed earlier that morning, but by noon, “she was long gone,” says a Grammy source. Brown’s rehearsal started late and ran from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and “was pretty nondescript. He came in with an enormous posse, then rehearsed the song six or seven times. There were a lot of dance moves and some issues with that, but otherwise it was pretty uneventful,” the source says. “Afterwards, he did look kind of cranky and sullen. He did not look approachable at all.”
Later that night, Brown arrived alone for Rihanna and Timbaland’s party at Blvd 3 where she performed “Shut Up and Drive,” among other hits. The pair spent some time in the VIP area, but Brown was also making the rounds alone a lot. When Timbaland hit the stage, though, the two found a spot in the crowd below on the main floor where they were flanked by bodyguards. On Saturday night before the incident, which occurred approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the pair were photographed together at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala at the Beverly Hilton.
Fallout from Brown’s arrest has already hit the 19-year-old singer Rolling Stone dubbed the New Michael Jackson in our Best of Rock 2008 issue. Wrigley has put Brown’s DoubleMint gum ads on hiatus, and the singer has also pulled out of his scheduled appearance at this weekend’s 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix. Brown was supposed to participate in an All-Star Celebrity Game as well as introduce the Western Conference All-Stars. An NBA spokesperson confirmed Brown’s cancellation. Yahoo! also reports that Rihanna’s planned show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this Friday, February 13th, will also likely be scrapped.
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