Nearly two months have passed since he pounded her unconscious, and now the word over the weekend out of Los Angeles is that Rihanna is not cooperating with the prosecution in the Chris Brown case, with arraignment set for April 6.
Sources say Rihanna "wants the whole thing to go away" and isn’t helping the D.A. at all as he prepares his case against Brown for allegedly beating her to a bloody pulp in the early hours of February 8, the day of the Grammy Awards.
Rihanna is angry, they say, that pictures of her bruised face were leaked to the press. She’s not happy, too, that she was quickly identified as Brown’s victim.
Despite rumors that they are sort of broken up (after reconciling after the attack), her loyalty to Brown is apparent, though some think it will backfire. Even without her testimony, prosecutors already have evidence and a statement.
Even more damaging to Rihanna, ironically, may be be the image of her as a battered woman defending her batterer, a label she's already been tagged with.
For her to endorse - implicitly by doing nothing or explicitly by trying to nix the D.A.'s case - what happened February 8 could result in her going from victim to enabler. Victims may earn public sympathy, but enablers don’t.
Even if Rihanna feels partly responsible for initiating the fight with Brown - allegedly over a booty call text from Natasha Ellie - she was still pounded senseless.
Future commercial sponsors may not see Rihanna’s as an image they want to send to young consumers if she’s viewed as interfering with the criminal prosecution of Chris Brown ... or even if she's just getting gun tattoos for that matter.
Right now a hearing is set for a week from today. At that time, Brown will likely be arraigned on aggravated assault and criminal threats charges and plead not guilty. Whether Rihanna supports those charges remains to be seen.
In other Rihanna news, rumors that have linked her with Bromance and The Hills star Frankie Delgado are false, he told People, professing that his one, true love will always be Brody Jenner. Just kidding about the second part.