This is just so wrong on so many levels, need we even say them out loud? Chris and Rihanna are already writing a book about domestic violence? Together? With Clinical Experts?
He's back with Rihanna, but legal and image woes remain
Even as singer Chris Brown faces two felony charges for his alleged brutal beating of girlfriend and fellow music superstar Rihanna, I've learned his management team is working feverishly on a plan to turn around his fast-sinking career options.
Brown appeared Thursday in a Los Angeles court, where his arraignment on charges of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal threats was postponed at his request.
The charges stem from an incident early Feb. 8. A police affidavit says the couple got into a fight after Rihanna found a text message from another woman on Brown's cell phone.
Brown pulled his car over and tried to push Rihanna out, but she was still wearing her seat belt, police said. Brown pushed Rihanna's head against the window, punched her with his right hand and then continued driving while hitting her, the affidavit states. He also bit her on the ear, the affidavit says.
The 19-year-old R&B star remains free on $50,000 bail. If he's convicted, the possible sentence ranges anywhere from probation to four years and eight months in state prison, said a district attorney spokeswoman.
Before Brown loses any more endorsements or movie deals, a plan is in place to rehabilitate his badly tarnished image. ''The only way Chris can possibly reverse things is to come clean and help raise awareness about abusive relationships,'' said a source close to Brown's legal time.
Along those lines, I've learned Brown and Rihanna -- who has taken him back (but with key provisions outlined below) -- will co-author a book about abuse and go on a talk show whirlwind to speak directly to their fans and the general public. It is widely expected that Brown's high-profile attorney, Mark Geragos, will broker a probation deal for his client that will involve no jail time.
In the meantime, the Brown team's working title of his career-recovery plan is ''Project Mea Culpa.'' It will involve not only Brown's telling of his increasingly abusive behavior toward Rihanna, but also partnering with clinical experts in the field to add credibility to the couple's efforts.
''Obviously this is a public relations campaign, but it only will work if there's genuine healing, contrition and a path to preventing future problems. ... It's another example of trying to turn a bad situation into something good ... where people can learn to change habits,'' said the source.
• Part of the deal involves a contractual agreement between Rihanna and Brown. Word has it, the alleged abuser has agreed to pay Rihanna ''as much as $10 million'' and possibly more ''if he as much as squeezes her arm the wrong way,'' said the Brown insider.