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Chris Brown Takes a Media Beating



    Chris Brown Takes a Media Beating
    Chris Brown might be in more pain than Rihanna. Advertisers are running from the "Run It" singer and radio stations are axing him from playlists.

    Fallout  continues to mount for R&B singer Chris Brown over the alleged Grammy night smack down of girlfriend Rihanna.  Not only have his endorsement deals been evaporating, but his songs are disappearing as well.

    A New York radio station is planning a “Shred Chris Brown CD’s and Posters” event on Feb. 13, and two other stations, WNOU-FM in Indianapolis and WAKS-FM in Cleveland, have pulled  the “Run It” singer's music from their playlists.

    Not only is Brown’s career hurting, but he’s said to be lovesick as well. The Daily News reported that Brown has tried contacting his estranged Barbados-born songstress girlfriend only to be rebuffed.

    "Chris has been trying to contact her. So far she hasn't taken his call," the newspaper reported. "Her family is on their way to be with her. She has some close girlfriend looking after her."

    Rihanna may not be taking his calls, but the cops will. The LAPD wants to reinterview both Brown and Rihanna before they turn the case over to the Los Angeles district attorney.  So far Brown has been charged with one felony count of making criminal threats. Prosecutors on Thursday said they don't expect charges to filed this week.

    While Brown is waiting to hear what the DA says, Rihanna is on the mend. Her family says she is doing fine.

    The singer's grandmother, Clara Brathwaite told Barbados’ Daily Nation newspaper that the Rihanna is in good condition and denied reports that the singer has a broken nose.

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    "I don't want people to worry. Rihanna is fine and she is doing well," Brathwaite said.

    The explosive fight between  Rihanna and Brown, which is said to have been sparked by a tawdry text message, is part of disturbing pattern in their relationship, according to reports.

    Friends of the R&B songbird said Brown has roughed up Rihanna before and that the two always had a "volatile" relationship. Pals said she had bruises on her neck in early December, according to US Weekly.

    "I asked if everything was OK with her and Chris," a friend told the magazine. "She told me, 'We broke up again.' I didn't pursue the issue further."

    Singer Brown allegedly left R&B songbird Rihanna bloodied and bruised after a booty call text message he received from another woman sparked a fight, the New York Daily News reported.

    "He got a booty call. He got a text. Rihanna saw it and she got upset. They started to argue. She got out of the car. He wanted her to get back in, so he grabbed her," an unidentified industry source told the Daily News. "She pulled away. That's when she's told people he hit her."

    The woman who sent the text wrote about hooking up with Brown later, according to TMZ. The two had first sparred over a rapper, but that did not trigger the argument that exploded into violence, the site reported.

    The purported sender of that text message, Keisha Chante, has denied being involved, Chante's manager confirms to

    Rihanna, 20, had contusions to her face, bite marks on her arms and fingers, a bloody nose and a split lip with swelling and bruising on her body after Brown allegedly attacked her after the pair left a pre-Grammy party last weekend, TMZ reported.

    Brown allegedly beat Rihanna so badly with his fists that her eyes were nearly swollen shut, and she could barely open her eyes for police photos, the site reported.

    Neighbors called 911 after they heard Rihanna screaming and cops said the R&B singer could be heard in the background of the calls.

    "It mostly recorded the sound of a screaming woman," LAPD Detective Deshon Andrews said.

    The two began a heated exchange in Brown's Lamborghini, then Brown pulled over and the altercation escalated, according to published reports. A witness called 911 but Brown had fled the scene when police arrived just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

    Rapper Kanye West, who saw the couple at a party the night before the Grammys, said that he was shocked by the incident on a radio show Tuesday.

    "She has the potential to be the greatest artist of all time. ...In that sense, I feel like that's my baby sis," he said of Rihanna. "I would do any and everything to help her in any situation."

    Rhianna is reportedly cooperating with detectives investigating Brown's domestic violence case, but prosecutors want more.

    Barbados-born performer was providing "ongoing" cooperation to detectives, a police source told the Los Angeles Times.

    The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office asked police today to conduct further investigation before a decision is made regarding criminal charges against Brown.

    The 20-year-old Barbados-born performer apparently suffered "horrific" injuries that left her with "two huge contusions" on her face, law enforcement officials told

    An official told TMZ that her injuries made her "look like an MMA fighter or something.  ... It looked like she was growing devil horns."

    The crime was reported under the singer's real name, Robyn Fenty, according to multiple reports, but police have not released any photos, nor have they officially confirmed the identity of the victim.

    The alleged incident happened after a pre-Grammy party at record mogul Clive Davis' house.

    The woman suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker, according to police. RadarOnline reported that a source inside Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where Rihanna was reportedly taken following the incident, said the singer became emotional when two female “assistants” went to visit her at the facility.

    “Rihanna was clearly very upset by what had happened and I could hear her screaming,” the source said. “Rihanna was trying to get her point across about something, she sounded like she was crying as she tried to get… her point across.”

    Her publicist said Sunday night that "Rihanna is well. Thank you for your concern and support."

    The TMZ story refutes an earlier claim that Brown used a deadly weapon on the starlet, saying that the R&B singer attacked Rihanna with his fists.

    Brown, known for his singing and his athletic dance moves is reportedly trained in martial arts.

    The pop world's power couple have been dating for more than a year, and rumors had swirled that they were engaged.

    Yet there were rumblings in recent days about troubles, and sources described the Rhianna as a clingy girlfriend who can't bear to have Brown out of her sights.

    Commercial fallout from the alleged incidents has already begun.

    Brown has backed out of all events associated with the All Stars, a NBA spokesperson told He had been scheduled to perform during halftime on Sunday in Phoenix, and play in a celebrity game too.

    Wrigley, the gum company for whom Brown pitches, said Monday afternoon that it's suspending ad campaigns featuring Chris Brown as its spokesman for Doublemint.

    The company stopped short of saying they will drop the troubled R&B star completely.

    A company statement expresses concern about what it calls "serious allegations made against Chris Brown."

    Wrigely said it would suspend any current advertising or any related marketing until the situation is resolved, adding that the singer should be "afforded the same due process as any citizen."

    Brown has also reportedly been pulled from the "Got Milk" ad campaign. Rhianna, however, is still sporting a white mustache on