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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.

Rihanna Concert Photo

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.

Hollering at the Honies

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.

Woman in Black

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.

Rihanna in England

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.

Rihanna: N.Y. Daily News Cover

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.

The images were reportedly snapped at a private villa on Saturday. Click to enlarge two more Rihanna pictures from the beach in Mexico ...

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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.

Rated R Concert

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.

Chris Brown Ogles Rihanna

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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What happened to Rihanna is NOT a laughing matter.

There is NO excuse for domestic violence (not even the catch-all "he's human," sorry T.I.) and this ranks as one of the saddest stories we've covered in nearly three years immersed in the celeb gossip industry - one we wish we never had to.

Out of the Darkness

Yes, Chris Brown is entitled to due process and blah, blah, blah ... but if he is indeed responsible for the beating depicted in that infamous Rihanna photo, well, the fool deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

That said, if we can't enjoy a little humor in our lives, what's the point? And isn't it time Rihanna kicked this loser to the curb - with musical flair?

So we ask, in somewhat poor taste: if Rihanna were to dedicate a remix to her "allegedly" abusive boyfriend, which would it be?

 

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Harvey Levin, the executive producer of TMZ, one of the web's biggest celeb news and gossip sites, went on Fox News' On the Record show on Friday night.

The purpose of his visit? To address the escalating controversy surrounding the battered Rihanna photo, which the LAPD has insinuated was leaked illegally.

"Now, I should be quick to say that we got this picture legally," a Fox News transcript of the show quotes the celebrity gossip publisher as saying.

"And we - when we got the picture, we believed it was not an LAPD picture, and we still are still not convinced it is. The police department is sounding like they say it is, but they haven't said that unequivocally, either."

The Los Angeles Police Department has not officially identified Rihanna as the alleged victim in the Chris Brown case, in which the entertainer was arrested and charged with battery and suspicion of criminal threats February 8.

Chris Brown, Rihanna Photo

The LAPD launched an internal investigation after receiving "numerous inquiries about the release of a photograph associated with a domestic violence incident that occurred on February 8, 2009, involving entertainer Chris Brown."

Levin said TMZ has heard a lot of rumors surrounding what Rihanna will do next in regards to Brown, but most of what they have heard is unsubstantiated.

"There are a lot of rumors going around about this case, and I don't really put a lot of credence in any of them, which is why we haven't put any of that stuff up on the site, because I don't think it's concrete enough," he said.

"But I think the fact is, with those pictures, I've got to tell you, I mean, I don't think the DA is going to be completely stymied if she doesn't cooperate."

We have not posted the photo in question on our homepage as it is so graphic. Follow the jump to see how badly Rihanna was hurt:

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