Brown's Fight with Rihanna Not First for Couple

At Chris Brown's sentencing, two previous violent incidents revealed.

June 21, 2009, 11:24 AM

Aug. 26, 2009— -- The Feb. 8, 2009 fight between Chris Brown and Rihanna that led to Brown's arrest and felony conviction was not the first scrap between the two singers.

A probation report presented at yesterday's sentencing , in which Brown received five years probation and six months community labor, described two previous violent incidents that were never made public.

According to The Associated Press, which obtained a copy of the report, the first incident occurred about three months before the February beating. While the couple was traveling in Europe, Rihanna slapped Brown during an argument and he shoved her into a wall, according to the report.

In the second incident, Brown and Rihanna had an argument while driving a Range Rover during a visit to Rihanna's home country Barbados. Brown got out of the car and broke the front and passenger side windows, according to the report. No one was injured during the incident.

Neither attack was reported to police, according to the probation report.

At Tuesday's sentencing hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg also ordered Brown to stay 100 yards away from his former girlfriend for the next five years, unless they are attending music industry events.

Schnegg warned Brown that he could be sent to state prison if he violated any terms of his sentence, including staying away from Rihanna.

Earlier this month Rihanna's attorney Donald Etra told the AP that he would ask Schnegg to rescind the restraining order and replace it with an order that prohibits Brown from harassing, annoying or molesting Rihanna.

"No stay-away order was ever requested by Rihanna, nor did she ever believe it was necessary," he told People magazine.

But after Tuesday's hearing, he told AP that Rihanna did not object to the stay-away order, which allows the former couple to be within 10 yards of each other at music industry events.

Schnegg said she was aware of reports that Brown had been spotted on several occasions in the same places as Rihanna.

"I am not amused with the chatter that has been on the airwaves and any violation of your probation in this case comes with the potential for state prison," Schnegg told Brown.

Brown will serve his probation in his home state of Virginia and his community labor will be overseen by Richmond Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood. He will also undergo a year of domestic violence counseling.

A felony charge of making criminal threats was dropped during Tuesday's sentencing.

"We feel that the sentence for Mr. Brown is an equitable one," said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles district attorney, according to the AP. "He has his future in his hands. He has control of his fate."

Gibbons added that Brown's charge could be reduced to a misdemeanor if he successfully completes his sentence.In the probation report, Brown is also quoted as saying he has been "depressed" since the attack and that he "does not want to carry on that cycle."

The document also revealed some more details of the Feb. 8 incident that left Rihanna battered and bruised. Rihanna became "enraged" after Brown allegedly received a text message from a previous lover and "slammed both of her fists against the dashboard." That led to Brown pulling over the Lamborghini he was driving and trying to force her out, which escalated into a full-blown fight.

Last month, Brown broke his silence on the incident and made a public apology on YouTube to his fans and claimed to have apologized to Rihanna numerous times. He reiterated that he was seeking help and explained why he didn't open up sooner.

"Since February my attorney has advised me not to speak out, even though since the incident I wanted to publicly express my deepest regret and accept full responsibility," Brown begins.

"Although I would do some interviews and answer some questions in the future, I felt it was time you heard directly from me that I am sorry. I have tried to live my life in a way that would make those around me proud of me, and until recently, I think I was doing a pretty good job. I wish I had the chance to live those few moments again, but unfortunately I can't."

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