UPDATE (6:54pm): Chris Brown’s arraignment has been postponed until April 6th @ 8:30am west coast time. He’s been ordered not to harrass or be violent towards anyone. Rihanna has not requested a protective order, but one was given. Chris Brown has given his consent that his lawyers can represent him so that he does not have to appear at every hearing, only the major ones. According to TMZ:
Chris Brown and his attorney Mark Geragos did not enter a plea to the two felony charges. The judge granted Brown’s request for a continuance to April 6th.
It is unclear why they wanted to postpone the case — possibly to conduct further investigations or possibly to strike a plea deal. We just don’t know…
Based on our information, it seems Brown wants to avoid a trial at all costs because the picture of Rihanna taken one day after the incident — which has not been seen anywhere publicly — is unbelievable.
Brown, who stood emotionless in court, spoke only 4 words to the judge — “yes,” “yes,” and “yes ma’am.”
The judge admonished Brown in open court, saying “You are not to annoy, harass, molest, threaten or use force or violence against anyone.”
UPDATE (1:32pm 3/5): Chris Brown has been formally charged with two felony counts and will be arraigned today @ 3:15 pm. One count of making a criminal threat and one count of felony assault both against Rihanna. Those charges can lend up to 9 years in prison. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE DOCUMENTS.
UPDATE (3/5/09): TMZ has obtained notes taken by detectives on the night of Rihanna’s assault:
FOX 11 in L.A. obtained LAPD detectives notes from a search warrant in the case. According to the notes, Rihanna read a three-page text message on Brown’s phone from a woman. An argument ensued and Brown allegedly tried forcing Rihanna out of the car but couldn’t because she was wearing her seat belt.
Brown then allegedly shoved Rihanna’s head against the passenger window. When Rihanna turned to face him, Brown punched her, then continued punching her while driving, according to the detective’s notes.
Blood spattered all over Rihanna’s clothing and in the interior of the car. Her mouth was filled with blood.
Brown allegedly told Rihanna, “I’m going to beat the **** out of you when we get home. You wait and see.”
Rihanna called her assistant and left a message saying, “I am on my way home. Make sure the cops are there when I get there.”
Brown then replied, “You just did the stupidest thing ever. I’m going to kill you.”
According to the report, Brown continued to punch Rihanna, bit her on her ear, her fingers and put her in a headlock — she almost lost consciousness.
LAPD cops interviewed Rihanna after the attack and she told them Brown had been violent toward her in the past and that the attacks were getting “more violent” as time went on. The interview is potent evidence if the L.A. County D.A. charges Brown with felony domestic battery, and that could happen as early as today.
And there’s something else. The photo that TMZ obtained showing Rihanna battered, bloody and bruised is mild compared to other photos. We’ve learned additional pics were taken on February 9, the day after the attack, and they are far more gruesome — the bruises and swelling far more pronounced. We’re told these photos show injuries that could be devastating in a case against Brown.