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Rihanna bloody, bruised after alleged Chris Brown assault; both performers cancel appearances



Tbdrihannabrown021109 UPDATED 6 P.M.: Rihanna was apparently battered, bloodied and bruised after the alleged altercation with boyfriend Chris Brown on Sunday, several outlets are reporting.

"Chris knocked her around," a source tells People. "Black eye, blood, bruises. She had to be treated by a doctor."

TMZ provides even more gruesome details, saying police photos revealed swelling and bruising, with a bloody nose and a split lip. More disturbing is the site's contention there were "bite marks on one of her arms and on several fingers."

The site says Rihanna claimed Brown used his fists and not a weapon, as TMZ had initially reported.

L.A. Police Chief William Bratton expected the case to go to the DA this week, possibly leading to more charges for Brown than the felony criminal threat charge he was booked on. The DA’s office has asked for further investigation into the matter, the AP reports.

Tbdleonalewis021109 Star says it was possibly the presence of Leona Lewis at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party Saturday night that led to the alleged fight.

"At one point, Rihanna caught Chris flirting with Leona," says a source. "They were carrying on and laughing, and Rihanna saw Chris with his hand on the small of Leona’s back. It may have been innocent, but that set Rihanna off."

The incident has led Rihanna to cancel her 21st birthday party, which was planned for 200 guests in New York City on Feb. 20, RadarOnline reports. She also is canceling a concert in Malaysia on Friday to travel back to her native Barbados to be with family, Us says.

Things are also not going well career-wise for Brown, who has had to withdraw from NBA All-Star events this weekend, including a celebrity game on Friday.

Chewing gum company Wrigley has yanked his Doublemint commercial because of the negative press: "We have made the decision to suspend the current advertising featuring Brown and any related marketing communications until the matter is resolved," a statement from the company read. Brown's involvement with the Got Milk? campaign will end this week as scheduled.

[Photos: AP, Getty Images]

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:23am]


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