Both performers were supposed to appear this afternoon at the Grammy festivities at Staples Center, but instead Brown was being booked at the LAPD's Wilshire station and Rihanna's people were putting out a statement saying, obliquely, that "Rihanna is well. Thank you for your concern and support.” The allegations are that Brown and a female companion police have not identified got in an argument while driving on North June Street in Hancock Park last night after the Clive Davis Grammy party in Beverly Hills. They got out of the car and the argument escalated enough that a witness called 911; Brown was gone when the police arrived but the woman had what the police called visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker. The L.A Times, citing unidentified police and other sources, reports that Rihanna was the woman assaulted in the incident.
Brown, who is Rihanna's boyfriend, turned himself in tonight, was booked on suspicion of making felony criminal threats, and released on $50,000 bail with attorney Mark Geragos by his side. The Grammys put out a statement that Rihanna would not be performing or walking the red carpet. She was replaced on the broadcast by Al Green. LAT, TMZ
Noted: An LA Observed reader said he listened to KNX Newsradio the whole way to Palm Springs this afternoon and they never mentioned Rihanna. He wonders if it had something to do with CBS, owner of KNX, airing the show later.
Rihanna arriving at Clive Davis' Saturday night Grammy party, AP Photo by Matt Sayles via Yahoo News