People Magazine Reports Brown, Rihanna Had Violent History

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Violent History

Court documents obtained by People magazine tell a sad tale about Chris Brown and Rihanna, who apparently had a volatile relationship long before the Feb. 8 fight that led to Brown's arrest and felony conviction.

Three months before the February incident, the docs say, Rihanna allegedly slapped Brown during a heated argument in Europe. Brown responded by "shoving her into a wall." A second fight, in late January, happened inside a borrowed Range Rover while the couple were vacationing in Rihanna's home country, Barbados. According to the documents, "they had an argument inside the car. [Brown] exited and broke the front driver and passenger side windows of the car. No one was injured during the incident."

What's more, the documents confirm that the couple's Feb. 8 fight began after Brown allegedly received a text message from a previous lover. Rihanna "said she became 'enraged' and slammed both of her fists against the dashboard" while riding in a car with Brown. The now infamous physical fight ensued when Brown pulled over and tried to force her out of the car.

Another revelation: In June, Brown told his probation officer that he had initially wanted to plead guilty right away -- but his attorney advised against it. The R&B singer instead waited to work out a plea deal, pleading guilty in late June, and was sentenced Tuesday to five years' probation and six months' community labor.

Brown will serve his sentence in Virginia, his home state. His community labor will be overseen by the chief of police in Richmond, Bryan T. Norwood.

A Winter Wedding?

Jonas Brothers wedding drama! Well, pseudo-drama: Little brother Nick Jonas, 16, says he doesn't know if he or Joe, 19, will be best man at 21-year-old brother Kevin's upcoming wedding to Danielle Deleasa.

"We've talked about it a little bit," Nick said in an interview with ABC News on Monday. "He's working it all out, but we'll see what happens. I'm happy for them and we love her, and we're happy to have her as part of the family."

And there's more! Nick said Kevin's wedding could happen this winter: "They have not set a date yet, but I think that it'll be sometime around the end of the year, beginning of the year -- something like that."

Kevin proposed to 22-year-old Deleasa, his girlfriend of two years, in July. They met while their families were vacationing in the Bahamas -- and even then, Nick says, the engagement was predictable.

"Kevin and Danielle were on the beach walking, and Joe was like, 'Oh, they're gonna get married,' " Nick said. "And then, a couple years later, they were engaged and now we're here."

Gosselin to Co-Host 'View'

It takes a village to fill in for Elisabeth Hasselbeck on "The View." ABC announced Wednesday that celeb mom Kate Gosselin has been added to an already robust lineup of stand-ins for Hasselbeck, on maternity leave after having her third child.

Gosselin, of the wacky haircut and TLC hit "Jon & Kate Plus Eight," will sub for Hasselbeck on Sept. 14 and 15. Previously announced guest co-hosts include Meghan McCain, E.D. Hill and La Toya Jackson.

End Notes

Divorcing: Actor Eddie Cibrian and Brandi Glanville, after eight years of marriage. The couple have two sons, ages 2 and 6, the Associated Press reports. In recent months tabloid mags have linked Cibrian with LeAnn Rimes, his co-star in Lifetime's TV movie "Northern Lights." In July, People magazine reported that Rimes and husband Dean Sheremet had been separated "for quite some time."

Leaving: Don Imus is leaving the local airwaves, and this time it has nothing to do with controversial comments. The I-man's syndicated morning program, heard on WJZW-FM (105.9), is being dropped with the station's format switch from pop oldies to classic rock, our colleague Paul Farhi reports. WJZW will henceforth promote itself as "The Edge."

Honored: "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric will receive the Freedom Forum's 2009 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media, the Yankton Press & Dakotan newspaper reports. Couric will accept the award -- named after USA Today founder Al Neuharth -- on Oct. 8 at the University of South Dakota, Neuharth's alma mater.

-- Marissa Newhall, from wire and Web reports

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