Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Chris Brown pleads guilty to Rihanna's assault

by Molly Borowitz

In a somewhat unexpected move, everyone's favorite R&B singer Chris Brown confessed to assaulting his former girlfriend, Rihanna, and pled guilty to one count of assault. The two parties reached a plea deal just a few hours before the trial was scheduled to begin -- and before Rihanna was scheduled to testify against Brown. As a result of the plea deal, Brown's sentence has been reduced from a possible four years in jail to five years of probation and six months of community service. The judge also imposed a "stay-away" order requiring that Brown and Rihanna remain at least 50 yards apart at all times -- except at celebrity events and musical performances, where the distance is reduced to 10 yards. Rihanna did not request the restraining order, but deemed the judge's ruling a "fair and just resolution."

Just outside the courtroom, Brown's lawyer Mark Geragos told the press that Brown "embraces this as a chance to get the message out that domestic violence will not be tolerated. He wants to get his life back on track." Hang on just a bit. Of course we're all very pleased (and relieved) that Chris decided to do the right thing by confessing his crime, but I'm not sure that his honesty about being a perpetrator of domestic assault earns him a spot as a spokesperson against it. I'm all for giving people second chances, but let's wait until the man serves his time before we declare him a reformed sinner and fall at his feet.

Not everyone agrees with my skepticism, however. If you watch BBC's video coverage of the event, you'll hear one woman screaming "CHRIS! I LOVE YOU!" as Brown is escorted from the courtroom. Evidently, his own admission of having assaulted another woman -- one he professed to love, no less -- isn't enough to deter her adoration. Let's hope the rest of the world is a little less forgiving.


At July 5, 2009 at 12:55 AM , Anonymous Beverly N. said...


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