Rihanna is a forgiving woman – or at least that's the way it looks.
Just days after rapper Chris Brown publicly apologized for busting up his then-girlfriend's face, he and Rihanna spent the weekend at the same posh Manhattan hotel, inspiring gossip about a possible secret rendezvous that could flush Chris' plea deal down the toilet, according to a published report.
A restraining order issued in Los Angeles prohibits Brown from seeing his ex. The two checked into different rooms at the Trump International Hotel & Tower on Friday, hotel sources told The New York Post. The tabloid-friendly pair spent the next two days coming and going in separate chauffeured cars from the underground garage of the 50-plus-story hotel – taking great pains to avoid being seen in public, the Post reported.
The performers even used decoy vehicles to distract paparazzi camped outside the building, and as of Saturday night, no one had spotted the two together.
Just because no one saw them together, however, doesn't mean they weren't. Neither Rihanna nor Brown had scheduled public appearances or events in the city. There are rumors that Rihanna is out looking to buy a place in the city, but come on, she and Chris were in the same place at the same time when neither of them had a reason to be there. Seems like more than mere coincidence – or maybe it's just an unfortunate one.
The Post saw 20-year-old Brown leave the hotel last night and duck into a building in Harlem, where a childhood friend he visits often apparently lives. Rihanna's car left the hotel around 10 p.m. last night, and an hour later, Brown came back from Harlem and checked out – allegedly because "she [Rihanna] checked in," according to the Post.
No one's seen the former couple together since their Feb. 8 fight in Los Angeles, which left Rihanna's face virtually unrecognizable – battered, bruised and bleeding. Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault and is slated to be sentenced Aug. 5. Brown is expected to sign a deal that will keep him out of jail but require him to do nearly 1,500 hours of community service and undergo counseling for domestic violence.
Despite Rihanna's arguments that she didn't need protection, a judge ordered Brown to stay at least 50 feet away from her. If he's caught in violation of that order, even if Rihanna says it was OK, he could lose his plea deal and face misdemeanor charges.
Brown's lawyer said he didn't know anything about where his client has been this weekend, and no one else in the case returned messages seeking comment, according to the Post.