Chaos in Chris Brown-Rihanna Mess
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
By Roger Friedman
Day 2 of the Chris Brown-Rihanna episode was fairly calm compared to its opening gambit.
Rihanna is recovering from her wounds, whatever they are, while Chris Brown must deal with the fallout from a percolating scandal.
Already he’s been dropped from a Wrigley’s gum campaign. But that’s just the tip of what could be an ugly iceberg.
Brown is now scheduled for an arraignment in the first week of March. Some reports question whether or not some kind of plea bargain will occur before that date. In many cases, especially with celebrities, jail can be avoided with big fines, public acts of contrition, and heartfelt visits to Oprah.
But those things can only work if everyone’s on the same page. It’s so far unclear if Rihanna will be willing forgive and forget. In the future both singers will be targeted for questions about what brought them in a rented Lamborghini to Hancock Park, got them into enough of a squabble to exit the supercar and have a fight on the street resulting in physical injury to Rihanna.
So far, publicists and lawyers have remained silent on the subject of what occurred. The only thing the handlers have going for them is that this happened in Los Angeles, where there is no tabloid press and an incurious mainstream press. If Chris and Rihanna had tussled in the New York tri-state area, I assure we would already know every detail of what happened.
And while Rihanna is the alleged victim in this scenario, it’s not the first time she’s made news in the last year. Last August, she accused her business manager of leaving her with no money in the bank. A brief public scuffle took place in the press, although there was no immediate solution other than the business manager getting fired.