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Chris Brown is scheduled to be arraigned today, and some say even if Rihanna refuses to cooperate with prosecutors, the D.A.'s case may have evidence even more powerful against him than the gruesome photo going around.

Multiple law enforcement sources say that the night of the attack, Rihanna told cops she was the victim of escalating violence - and the perp was Brown.

LAPD cops interviewed Rihanna after the attack and she told them Brown had attached her in the past and that the attacks were getting "more violent."

Basically, it was not the first time, and it was worsening.

The interview is potent evidence if the L.A. County D.A. charges Chris Brown with felony domestic battery, and that could happen as early as today.

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These two are somehow back together again.

And there's a scary, secondary factor: The photo TMZ obtained showing the face of Rihanna battered, bloody and bruised is mild compared to other photos.

Additional pictures were taken on February 9, the day after the attack, and they are even more gruesome - the bruises and swelling far more pronounced.

These photos show injuries that could be devastating in a case against Brown, who was arrested for allegedly making criminal threats. Sources say the D.A. will review that allegation as well as felony domestic battery.

Brown is scheduled to make an appearance in court today. It will be interesting to see if the D.A. files charges tomorrow and if Brown is arraigned. If so, it will be especially interesting if Rihanna shows up with him.

The police photo of battered Rihanna appears after the jump:

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Following their heartwarming reconciliation in Miami last weekend, Rihanna is now reportedly refusing to press charges and/or testify against boyfriend Chris Brown.

He was arrested for "allegedly" assaulting her February 8.

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The Los Angeles District Attorney and investigators have been working overtime to try to build a case against the singer, but no charges have been brought forth against Brown, who is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow (March 5).

Now it looks like their biggest hope is now backing down.

A file on the case, including Rihanna's initial statement to police as well as witness accounts, was to be handed to the L.A. District Attorney this week.

Even without Rihanna's help, California law allows prosecutors to charge him with domestic violence, battery, criminal threats, even attempted murder.

But the question is: do they have evidence to make a felony stick, or is there a chance Brown will be let off the hook or merely slapped on the wrist?

As far as the couple's reunion in Miami on Saturday, it's rumored that Rihanna and Chris Brown did more than just work out their differences.

According to a report by Star magazine, he may have proposed to her.

The celebrity news magazine says that Chris Brown apologized for treating her like a speed bag, begged for forgiveness, and proposed on the spot.

NOTE: The speed bag bit was us, not Star. But have you seen that Rihanna pic?

"All she's ever wanted was to be with him forever," a source said. "Rihanna is looking for the husband-and-two-kids deal before she turns 25."

Mmm hmm. Sure, Star. While all this wedding nonsense is almost certainly BS, there's no doubt they are back together and going strong.

But should they be?

 

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Reunited Rihanna and Chris Brown have bid adios to Miami Beach, flown to L.A. together and checked in to a Beverly Hills hotel, according to E! News.

Brown is tentatively scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles on Thursday for their February 8 confrontation, but the district attorney has said that the date may be postponed if detectives don't turn over the case soon enough.

As of this morning, prosecutors have yet to see evidence.

There's also the unanswered question of what charge(s) Brown will face or if he'll be more or less let off he hook amid the couple's patching things up.

Since that incident, Rihanna spent solo time in L.A., Mexico and her native Barbados, while Brown traveled to Las Vegas and his Virginia hometown.

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Word broke late Friday that the couple was getting back together as they were spending time at Sean "Diddy" Combs' Star Island mansion in Miami.

Over the weekend, the "Disturbia" singer remained out of sight, while Brown, for the first time since his now-infamous arrest, appeared to be less camera shy, jet skiing and acting like a complete tool in the water around Diddy's compound.

Reps for Rihanna and Chris Brown have so far declined comment on the reconciliation, but Rihanna's father, Ronald Fenty, made clear over the weekend that he was behind his daughter, whatever direction her personal life may take.

"I love my daughter with whatever road she takes," he said. "I'm behind her win or lose. I will be supportive. If that's the road she wants to choose, I'm behind her."

Are you? Or should RiRi have booted Chris Brown for good?

 

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With Chris Brown and Rihanna back together, will the singer be charged with beating and/or threatening to kill her - which he was arrested for February 8?

The case will be turned over to the Los Angeles County D.A. next week, and a decision will be made soon after on whether to file criminal charges against Brown.

The two likely charges - making criminal threats and domestic violence.

As for the most serious possible criminal threats charge, we think it's now less likely the D.A. will file because of Rihanna's sudden change of heart.

First of all, the main reason Chris Brown was arrested for this is because he allegedly told Rihanna something to the effect of, "I'm going to kill you."

This is obviously a terrible thing to say, but lots of people say it in the heat of the moment, so it's not the easiest thing to charge someone with.

Compounding the issue is that Rihanna may very well testify that she never believed he meant this threat, and the case looks thin to say the least.

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Chris Brown chats with some jet skiing chicks in Miami over the weekend. No word on what was said, or whether he beat the pair senseless afterward.

The domestic violence charge is another matter entirely.

When a jury sees the pictures of a clearly battered Rihanna, it's probably more powerful than any testimony she'd give. Even if she were to take the stand and say she started the fight or somehow deserved it, it would be a tough sell.

Given the picture, it's going to be tough not to prosecute Brown.

Amazingly, more than half the D.A.'s domestic violence cases involve women who have recanted their stories or gotten back together with the alleged abuser.

Crazy. The impending decision clearly isn't weighing on Brown's conscience, as he spent the weekend jet skiing at Diddy's pad and being a tool in Miami.

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Rihanna is back together with Chris Brown.

While readers chime in on this developing, surprising story, someone very close to the allegedly abused singer is showing his support.

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Rihanna's father, Ronald Fenty, talked to Us Weekly about his daughter's reported reconciliation with her long-time boyfriend.

“I love my daughter with whatever road she takes. I'm behind her win or lose. I will be supportive. If that's the road she wants to choose, I'm behind her. I hope to see her soon. I talked to her after her birthday, and she told me she's OK."

I forgive you... but sleep with one eye open!

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Wow.

Mere days after celebrity gossip outlets were wondering whether or not Chris Brown would go to jail for his alleged assault against Rihanna, there's only one place this troubled singer appears headed: back into the arms of his forgiving girlfriend.

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According to various sources, Brown and Rihanna are both currently at Diddy’s home on Star Island near Miami, Florida.

“She’s not listening to anyone,” a friend of Rihanna's told Us Weekly. “It’s not easy to shut off a relationship she invested so much in.”

Witnesses say Brown has been spotted smiling and riding a jet ski.

Should Rihanna take Chris Brown back?

 

Another source told People Magazine that the relationship was rekindled when Brown reached out to Rihanna on her 21st birthday earlier this week.

"He called to wish her happy birthday. They’ve reached out to each other. It’s been mutual."

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Word that the LAPD is still investigating Chris Brown for allegedly beating Rihanna earlier this month raises the question: will he actually do time?

So far, no charges of any kind have been filed against Brown, 19, who was arrested February 8 for allegedly assaulting and threatening the R&B star, 21.

He was booked for making criminal threats – a felony – but the case has not been presented to the D.A., who will ultimately determine what charges to file.

Ultimately, the injuries suffered by the victim will determine whether the singer faces a charge carrying a likely penalty of probation – or go to jail.

As shocking as the high-profile case is, even ugly-looking domestic assaults don't necessarily mean automatic jail terms, according to legal experts.

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For a first-time defendant, as Chris Brown would be, the charge would hinge largely on how badly the victim was injured. The victim's cooperation with authorities and whether the victim initiated the fight are less important factors.

"After examining the evidence, the injuries usually speak for themselves," says an L.A. defense attorney. "Either they rise to a felony level or they don't."

The distinction between a misdemeanor charge and felony is an important one. A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by up to a year in county jail, but most domestic violence cases ultimately result in just probation and counseling.

Meanwhile, Rihanna has resurfaced on the beach in Punta Mita, Mexico, having previously spent time in Los Angeles and her native Barbados since the attack.

She does not appear to show any of the bruising that was so visible in the chilling leaked police photo that sparked controversy and an internal investigation.

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Chris Brown's scheduled court appearance might be off, according to reports.

The R&B singer's initial arraignment date was set for March 5 following his arrest earlier this month for his allegedly severe beating of Rihanna.

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But his court appearance "may not happen,” and may be pushed back, Los Angeles district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison tells E! News.

“We don’t have the evidence yet. [Los Angeles police detectives] are still investigating,” says Robison. “If [detectives] determine that they require more time, then they’ll set a new date for [Brown] to return to court.”

Once the LAPD finishes its investigation, prosecutors must decide whether to file felony charges, reject the charges if evidence is insufficient, or refer the case to the city attorney’s office if they decide the behavior was simply a misdemeanor.

Depending on the decision, Chris Brown may not even have to appear.

“He only has to come back if and when we file charges,” says Robison.

On Wednesday, an LAPD source also told E! News, “The D.A. is being even more thorough than usual with this case. They don’t want to mess it up.”

Prosecutors have ordered the LAPD to seek evidence for a variety of felony offenses, including domestic violence, assault resulting in great bodily injury and - based on specific allegations made by Rihanna - even attempted murder.

But making any serious felony charges stick could prove difficult in a case where there are no direct witnesses other than Rihanna and Chris Brown.

While he has yet to face formal charges, Chris Brown, who is free on bail, is taking anger management classes in a preemptive move to repair his image.

Should he be charged and convicted, such a course would almost be a certain part of his sentence. The enrollment is said to have been masterminded by PR / crisis manager Michael Sitrick, whom Brown hired in the wake of his arrest.

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Troubled R&B singer Chris Brown, who was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of making criminal threats against girlfriend Rihanna, has started attending anger management classes in Glendale, Calif., on Monday, according to reports.

According to a source, Brown opted to seek anger management counseling at the behest of his public relations spin doctor, Michael Sitrick.

"Chris doesn't actually have to go by law," a New York Daily News insider says, "but he believes it will make him look better to the public, and he wants to try to get in a few classes before March 5," when he is due back in court.

The February 7 incident - in which Brown hit, choked and threatened Rihanna, leaving her with cuts and bruises to her forehead, lips and cheeks - didn't just leave Rihanna looking like this. It severely tarnished Brown's good-guy image.

Old School Rihanna and Chris Brown

But insiders believe he's not the only one with anger issues: "Rihanna is temperamental, too," says a snitch. "They're both too hot-headed for their own good."

Adds another source, in reference to a detail in the police report: "It didn't help that Rihanna grabbed the keys out of his rented Lamborghini and threw them down the street. She knew it would really infuriate Chris, and it worked."

The hottest couple in music is likely finished romantically after this, but when will their paths cross again physically? How about at Brown's trial.

"She'll be there - she has to testify," confirms a source close to the case, who does not foresee any jail time for Brown, regardless of Rihanna's level of cooperation. "If Chris is convicted, it would be his first offense. He won't go to prison."

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The Los Angeles Police Department is still investigating the leak into who provided celebrity gossip site TMZ with a chilling photo of a battered Rihanna that was taken shortly after she was allegedly assaulted by Chris Brown on February 8.

"They said they were looking into it vigorously," LAPD spokesman Lt. John Romero said, referring to a statement made by a superior officer. "We are not talking about the protocols because it will relate to this investigation."

A law-enforcement source tells E! News that the police believe they have identified the computer they believe to be the one from which the photo originated.

They have not figured out who transferred the image.

For its part, TMZ has said the photo was obtained legally. The site also says it believed it was not an LAPD photo, and are still not convinced that it is.

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Per protocol, the LAPD has not formally identified Rihanna as the victim of what transpired between her and Brown on the morning of the Grammy Awards.

In announcing the investigation into the leak, authorities would only say that the photo was taken "during an official domestic violence investigation."

Meanwhile, the investigation into Chris Brown continues as well.

Police sources say prosecutors are looking for evidence to build the toughest possible felony case against the R&B star, who was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats but may ultimately face a variety of felony charges.

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