This just gets worse and worse. Rihanna — who is fully cooperating with authorities — said Chris choked her until she lost consciouness, while threatening to kill her.
They began squabbling after leaving Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party late Saturday. Shortly after midnight, things blew up. Brown pulled his silver Lamborghini to the side of a street in L.A.’s Hancock Park neighborhood. That’s when, per the source, Rihanna grabbed the car keys and tossed them out the window, sending Brown into a rage.
He tried in vain to find the keys, then came back to the car, put his hands around her neck and, according to the insider, said, “I’m going to kill you!”
According to the source, the 20-year-old “Disturbia” singer told police that she lost consciousness, and when she awoke, Brown had fled.
According to the source, her right eye was blackened and badly swollen and she had hand prints on her arms. The responding officers were so concerned about her, they drove Rihanna to the hospital in their squad car instead of waiting for an ambulance.
Officers took two sets of photographs of the banged-up singer, one at the scene and the second after she was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment. Those photos were presumably among the evidence presented to the district attorney.
After being treated for her injuries, police escorted her down a rear elevator and into a waiting Mercedes, the source says.
I’m hearing from sources that the fight after Clive Davis’s party had to do with one of them flirting and dancing with other people — but the sources disagree about whether that person was Chris or Rihanna. I have one source that says that a girl Chris had been seeing on the side was at the party, and that got Rihanna upset, and I have another that says that Rihanna was dancing with other guys at the party, and that got Chris upset. Perhaps it was both.
Either way, choking a person until they pass out is never an appropriate resolution.