Brown's plea deal over Rihanna assault 'a joke'

Chris Brown's plea deal -- which saved him from a jail term for attacking his pop star ex-girlfriend Rihanna -- was yesterday condemned as "a joke" by justice campaigners.

The 20-year-old R'n'B star admitted assaulting then girlfriend Rihanna just hours before the pair were due to perform at the Grammy Awards in February.

Under the terms of the bargain, Brown is likely to serve no jail time. Instead he will do six months' community service and be placed on probation.Domestic violence campaigners said the recommended sentence sent out the wrong message and could discourage women reporting violence.

Roslyn Muraskin, professor of criminal justice, said: "It is letting him off the hook. What they are doing is letting him off easy. It is laughable.


"It will discourage people coming forward. It is revolving justice -- you get a slap on the wrist and let back on the streets. It is not proper justice, it is a joke."

Brown was arrested on February 8, hours after a party in Los Angeles.

According to an affidavit filed by an LA police detective, the altercation took place in a car when the 'Umbrella' singer found a text message from another woman on Brown's phone.

Brown then tried to push Rihanna out of the vehicle before punching her repeatedly. He also bit her ear. He then allegedly threatened to kill her.

A representative for disgraced singer CHRIS BROWN has dismissed reports the star leaked a new song about his ex RIHANNA just days after he pleaded guilty to assaulting the UMBRELLA hitmaker.
Internet gossips were sent into a spin when a new set of tunes recorded by Brown appeared online - with one of the tracks, Not My Fault, apparently hinting at the row on the eve of the Grammy Awards in February (09) which left the Bajan beauty battered and bruised.
In the song, Brown is heard singing, "Shorty is caught up, from a long night. She's ready to fall, but see, it's all right ... That's not my fault, right?"
However, a spokesperson for Brown's label, Jive Records, has slammed reports the songs were recorded around the time of the attack or following the court case on 22 June (09) - insisting they are old demos.
In a statement, the rep explains, "Countering misleading reports of 'new' Chris Brown music: there are no 'new' songs from Chris Brown currently being promoted by Chris or his record label.
"There are several old demos circulating that are being falsely promoted as new material from Chris."
The Kiss Kiss singer was ordered to stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna, serve six months of hard labour in his home state of Virginia and complete five years supervised probation for felony assault.



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