Father of Rihanna Speaks Out

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In the first interview with a family member since her alleged battering at the hands of Chris Brown, Rihanna's father, Ronald Fenty, said that when he first heard that his daughter had been assaulted last week, "I didn't believe it.

"I know my daughter," said Fenty, 55. As for her boyfriend and alleged attacker, he said, "You think you know somebody, but you really don't."

Brown, 19, allegedly battered Rihanna, 20, in Los Angeles last Sunday before the Grammys. He was arrested and may face charges from the L.A. district attorney.

Describing Rihanna's current condition after seeing her in Barbados on Thursday, Fenty said, "There is some bruising. She will be all right. I think so."

He added of his daughter, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, "At some point, she will speak out. I hope she will stand up for women all over the world."

Ronald Fenty, a salesman and freelance clothing designer, said that Rihanna is spending time with family and girlfriends in Barbados while she heals.

While Fenty said he wouldn't tell his daughter what to do regarding the future of the couple's relationship, he did say, "If it were me, I'd move on."

The last time Fenty had seen Rihanna and Chris Brown together was in July. "They seemed pretty happy," he recalls. "I don't know what went wrong."

As for Brown's alleged pattern of abuse - Rihanna apparently told the police it was not the first time this happened - Fenty said, "I was really shocked because he’s such a talented person. He’s a little immature, yeah."

"I hope he learned his lesson," Fenty added, still reeling from what happened to his daughter. "And that this will never happen to another women."

According to reports, police are still investigating Brown, who is free after posting $50,000. He was arrested for making felony criminal threats - after allegedly threatening to kill Rihanna - but sources say proving that charge may be iffy.

A lesser, but still serious charge of battery is more likely.

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Rihanna Biography

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Saint Michael, Barbados
Full Name
Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Rihanna Quotes

I get asked about it all the time and I’m like, You’re asking, but you know the answer. I don’t even like to address it anymore.

Rihanna [on rumors that she dated Jay-Z]

Sometimes you just need your privacy. But it comes with the territory. There's no privacy when you are out in the public.