Rihanna and Chris Brown miss Grammys after he is linked to domestic assault

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Coupled up: Hours before the alleged incident, Chris and Rihanna cuddled up at a pre-Grammys party on Saturday night

The biggest Grammys’ drama didn’t happen on stage. Not long before the show, the Los Angeles Police Department announced they were investigating double nominee R&B star Chris Brown for an alleged assault on an unidentified woman.

Brown and longtime girlfriend Rihanna, each nominated and scheduled to perform at the awards bash, separately dropped out of the Grammys at the last minute.

It wasn’t clear whether Rihanna’s absence was related to the incident.

An official police statement did not name Rihanna, but said the woman in the incident ’suffered visible injuries’.

Police sources revealed that Brown and a woman got into an argument in a rented Lamborghini at about 12.30am on Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Brown stopped the car, the two got out, and the argument escalated. A witness called 911, but police said Brown was gone by the time officers arrived at the scene. The woman identified Brown as her assailant.

LA police do not identify victims of domestic abuse.

Brown was booked on a charge of making criminal threats, and police said he remained under investigation for felony charges of domestic violence.

‘The exact charge was criminal threats and it is going to be investigated as a criminal threats investigation,’ said Police Sgt. Bridgett Pickett, who spoke to reporters at the Wilshire Division police station, where Brown was booked.

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No show: Chris Brown and girlfriend Rihanna both missed the main Grammy Awards last night

‘There may be domestic violence charges added later, but that will be up to the district attorney’s office.’

Pickett defined a criminal threat as ‘a threat that is made to a person with the likelihood that it may occur’.

She said that Brown arrived at the police station about 6.30pm dressed in a T-shirt and jeans.

‘He was very professional,’ she added.

Brown was joined at the station by his lawyer, Mark Geragos, and Geragos’ investigator, Scott Ross.

After posting $50,000 bail, Brown left the station before 9 p.m.

Grammy officials issued a statement just before the show saying: ‘We have just been informed Rihanna will not be attending tonight’s 51st Grammy Awards.

‘Rihanna will not be performing. We are sorry to see she is unable to join us this evening.’

A publicist for the Barbados-born star, who sold more digital song downloads than any other in 2008, with nearly 10 million tracks, said: ‘Rihanna is well. Thank you for your concern and support.’

She was replaced by veteran soul singer Al Green, who was accompanied by country singer-guitarist Keith Urban.

Brown and Rihanna had appeared together Saturday night at producer Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala in Beverly Hills. source

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