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Rihanna Intruder to Police: What, I Just Wanted to Shag the Singer!

On Thursday morning, a 26-year old man was arrested by police on "possible burglary" after he was found inside of Rihanna's Los Angeles home.

But the intruder later told authorities that he had a perfectly reasonable explanation for this illegal action:

He wanted to have sex with the singer.

Rihanna Looks Like the Pope

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a 911 call was placed around 10 a.m. yesterday that reported such an incident was taking place in the 7800 block of Hillside Avenue.

A police spokesperson confirmed as much to the aforementioned publication.

When officers arrived on the scene, they noticed the suspect leaving the residence, this spokesperson said. The man was then taken into custody and charged with possible burglary.

It's unclear at this time whether or not anything was stolen from Rihanna's house.

We do know, however, that the artist was not home at the time of the invasion... and also that the man somehow disabled her alarm system and entered, where he stayed at least an entire day.

For real!

Rihanna in Pink

That's really far scarier than it is funny, we suppose.

Cops tells TMZ that the intruder unpacked his bag and charged his cell phone, presumably while he simply waited for Rihanna to get home.

This same website is the one who claims the man - who also broke into a different home on May 4, thinking it belonged to Rihanna - told authorities he was merely hoping to sleep with the superstar.

He emphasized, while making this point, that he never would have forced himself on her.

He just, you know, was thinking that maybe Rihanna would see him inside her house, get turned on and jump into bed with him.

There's something to be said for having self-confidence, we guess.

Rihanna at the Gala

UPDATE: The intruder's name is Eduardo Leon.

He was actually tased prior to being placed under arrest and he's now being held on $150,000 bail.

There have been a number of high-profile celebrity home break-ins over the past few years, with victims including Kendall Jenner, Kevin Hart and David Spade.

But it doesn't sound as if this incident is related to those situation.

It sounds like this was just a case of someone specifically stalking and targeting Rihanna.

Rihanna at 2018 Grammys

Rihanna, meanwhile, isn't letting this scary break-in get her down.

She unveiled her Savage X Fenty lingerie line on Friday, telling Entertainment Tonight that it has something for anyone and for any occasion.

"[The line has] sexy gifts for your girlfriends, whether you're a man, whether you're a woman, whether you're just a best friend," she says, adding:

"The best gift is lingerie, we all want that.

"There's a lot of stuff that feels really comfortable, comfortable enough to wear under like a T-shirt and jeans.

"You need those everyday situations, and you need the stuff that takes you out of your box."

Rihanna: Drake and I Aren’t Even Friends Anymore …

Rihanna is talented and beloved and beautiful, and the cover of Vogue is exactly where she belongs.

In her interview, Rihanna talks about Fenty, she dishes about what she'll be like as a mother, and even almost addresses her relationship with Hassan Jameel.

She also reveals that she and Drake, once joined at the hip, aren't even friends anymore.

Rihanna and Drake on Stage

Rihanna is on Vogue's cover for June, which is honestly where she should be every month of the year, and she talks about so much.

Including a certain awkward exchange with Drake at the 2016 VMAs. Rihanna describes the atmosphere:

"The VMAs is such a fan-focused awards show."

That's certainly true. MTV knows how to cater to its audience.

"So having that energy around me, and knowing the people who had received the award in the past, made it feel like a big deal."

And she did not like listening to Drake shower her with praise in front of everyone. It was awkward af.

"Waiting through that speech was probably the most uncomfortable part. I don’t like too many compliments; I don’t like to be put on blast."

Normally put on blast describes something much more hostile. It says a lot when someone is praised so much that they feel attackd.

And there was, of course, the moment when Drake seemed to try to kiss her, leading Rihanna to visibly recoil and hold his head against her shoulder in the world's most awkward hug.

Drake Tries to Kiss Rihanna

(Yikes!)

Rihanna and Drake were once inseparable, but Rihanna describes how radically that has changed.

"We don’t have a friendship now."

That said, they aren't feuding.

"But we’re not enemies either."

There's a middle ground.

"It is what it is."

Hard to argue with that.

Rihanna at Crop Over

Rihanna does not confirm her widely rumored romance with Hassan Jameel -- though, considering how many times they've been spotted together, she might not have to.

She does seem to allude to that relationship, saying:

"I used to feel guilty about taking personal time, but I also think I never met someone who was worth it before."

So that song about work, work, work was no joke.

She speaks on a broader, vaguer subject of stepping back from work.

"Even mentally, just to be away from my phone, to be in the moment, that has been key for my growth."

She says that it really helps her to commit to work itself.

"Now, when I come to work, I’m all in. Because before you know it, the years will go by. I’m glad I’m taking the time. I’m happy."

Rihanna: Valerian Premiere Photo

Rihanna has largely ignored rumors that she wants to have Hassan Jameel's baby and only shut them down by appearing nearly nude.

However, she does discuss the possibility of becoming a mother -- and even jokes that, now that she's 30, she should have some of her eggs frozen.

"I’m not gonna be able to take my eyes off my kid."

Little kids need to be watched every minute, and a lot of people already know that they're going to want to spend all of their time bonding with their babies.

"I know that already about myself."

While getting a nanny when you're rich and busy is almost universal, Rihanna will have a hard time with it.

"They’re going to have to force me to hire a nanny."

She is so good.

Rihanna in Vogue for June

Honestly, Rihanna is often coy about her personal life -- as we've seen when she dances around the "rumor" of her dating Hassan Jameel.

Other times, she says outlandish, amazing things that go viral immediately.

Because she's a treasure.

It's nice that she was so direct about how things have changed with Drake, even though it is of course sad to see any friendship fade. But it happens.

Chris Brown Speaks Out on Karrueche Tran Dating Victor Cruz!

Folks, Chris Brown is expressing his feelings on social media again.

Usually that means some death threats are being issued and some serious trash is being talked.

Chris Brown at Premiere

But either Chris has turned over a new leaf or he recently got his hands on some extremely mellow indica, because we're seeing a side of Breezy that we've never seen before.

Whatever the case, hopefully, his long-suffering ex Karrueche Tran can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

Chris and Karrueche broke up way back in 2015, but that hasn't stopped Chris from continuing to interfere in her life.

Actually, the two of them broke up several times, but it was the revelation that Chris had a secret daughter from a previous relationship that finally pushed Karrueche over the edge.

We guess finding out the person you've been dating for years has been living a double-life the whole time is a deal-breaker for some folks.

Karrueche Tran Instagram Image

Weird thing is, on the scale of bad behavior from Chris Brown, that's actually pretty mild.

These days, Karrueche appears to be dating NFL wide receiver Victor Cruz.

The couple went semi-public recently and Chris dealt with the news remarkably well (by Breezy standards, that is).

On an Instagram pic of the couple, Brown commented:

“They look really good together."

Chris Brown Sings and Sucks

That's it. That's all he wrote.

Now, it's possible that that's some sort of coded threat to Cruz, like when a Mafia dude kisses another dude on the lips and it means he's been marked for death.

But in all likelihood, this is just Chris complimenting an ex he's been broken up with for years.

You know, like normal, relatively sane people do.

That doesn't mean Chris is actually normal or relatively sane, however.

No, in fact, it looks like he's just directing his irrational rage at a different former flame these days.

Chris Brown Looks Up

“Chris is furious over the latest Rihanna pregnancy rumors,” a source close to Brown tells Hollywood Life.

“Every time Chris hears about Rihanna possibly being pregnant, he gets really bothered and totally freaks out."

It seems like Chris gets bothered and freaks out pretty much any time anything happens, so we suppose it's not shocking that he flipped when he heard that Rihanna might be pregnant.

It is surprising that he's so mad he can't even focus on his other grudges, though.

"Chris has a lot of love for Rihanna and he always wanted to be the one to have a family with her," the insider claims.

Rihanna at 2018 Grammys

"It makes him emotional to hear that she could be having someone else’s baby."

The source adds:

"Chris has always felt that one day things might work out between them, so if the rumors turn out to be true, he will be heartbroken.” 

Yeah, Chris we're pretty sure that ship has sailed.

It left harbor right around the time you brutally beat Rihanna and she fled the relationship in fear for her life.

"Deal-breaker" is pretty much Chris' middle name.

Rihanna Blasts Snapchat For Ad Mocking Chris Brown Assault

The powers that be at Snapchat learned two valuable lessons today:

1. Domestic violence is never even remotely funny, and

2. Don't mess with Queen RiRi.

Rihanna Ad

The folks in charge of marketing for the social media app made the bizarre decision to run the above ad today.

We likely don't need to remind you that Rihanna was assaulted by Chris Brown in 2009, as who could forget such a revolting incident?

Of course, as freshly horrifying as the attack remains for her millions of fans, no one but Rihanna knows just how traumatic Brown's attack truly was.

And so it's not surprising that the outspoken music icon was quick to let Snapchat management know just what she thought of their latest ad campaign:

Rihanna Posing at Grammys

“SNAPCHAT I know you know you ain’t my fav app out there! But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess!" the singer wrote in a statement posted - where else? - on Snapchat.

"I'd love to call it ignorance but I know you ain't that dumb. You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it."

Rihanna added:

"This isn’t about my personal feelings, cause I don’t have much of them...but all the women, children, and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out yet....you let us down!

"Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away.”

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Snapchat was quick to issue an apology that many users have since derided as insincere - and flat-out lame:

"The advert was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines," the company's statement reads.

“This advertisement is disgusting and never should have appeared on our service. We are so sorry we made the terrible mistake of allowing it through our review process."

The statement concludes:

"We are investigating how that happened so that we can make sure it never happens again.”

“We are so sorry we made the terrible mistake of allowing it through our review process. We are investigating how that happened so that we can make sure it never happens again."

Rihanna: Valerian Premiere Photo

Of course, it might be a matter of too little, too late for the controversial social media platform.

In response to Rihanna's call for fans to delete the app, shares of Snapchat were down a whopping 4.7 percent at the close of trading today.

This comes on the heels of bad press (and a subsequent market plunge) stemming from Kylie Jenner declaring Snapchat "dead" back in February.

So the bad news is, Snapchat officially sucks.

The good news is, we live in an age in which influential young women can make waves on Wall St. and leave billionaires quaking in their boots with a single social media post.

Rihanna to Hassan Jameel: Let’s Make a Baby, Baby!

While there have been some unkind pregnancy rumors about Rihanna in recent months, this beautiful and talented singer and actress might bring some truth to them in the future.

You know how she's landed herself a super handsome boyfriend, Hassan Jameel?

She's reportedly considering the idea of making him her baby daddy.

Rihanna: Valerian Premiere Photo

HollywoodLife reports that Rihanna is considering having a child with boyfriend Hassan Jameel.

"Rihanna is madly in love with Hassan and she’s starting to plan for a future with him."

The guy's first and last names together literally mean "handsome handsome" and he lives up to that, so this isn't much of a surprise.

"This is the first guy since Chris (Brown) that’s made her feel this way, like she wants to settle down."

Hopefully, this relationship will be less disastrous and upsetting.

Rihanna Performs at Grammys

Their source continues.

This time, they're talking about how and when Rihanna and Hassan currently see each other.

"She and Hassan mostly meet up in Europe, it’s a good midway point for them."

That makes sense.

"But now she’s talking about making it her full-time base so she can have even more time with him"

We in the US would miss Rihanna, but what makes her happy is what really matters.

Apparently, her recent birthday is making her think about settling down.

"They are very serious and now that Rihanna has hit the big 3-0 she’s thinking about stuff like marriage and family a lot more."

We can see that.

Rihanna in Cannes

Apparently, like countless fellow Millennials, Rihanna is noticing that she isn't reaching certain milestones at the ages that she'd imagined.

"She always thought she would have kids by this age so that’s on her mind now too."

Sometimes, these thoughts gnaw at you. And then there are all sorts of social pressures.

"She and Hassan aren’t rushing into anything, but that is where her head is going. It really seems like she’s met her Prince Charming."

He's a Saudi businessman and heir to one of the world's biggest companies. 

Those are some princely qualities, for sure.

It doesn't hurt that he's reportedly warned Chris Brown to stay away from Rihanna. That makes him sound like a knight in shining armor.

Rihanna in Barbados

Apparently, Rihanna is understandably head-over-heels.

"This guy has completely swept her off her feet."

That's so heartwarming to hear!

And he's a definite improvement over a certain scumbag she used to love.

"For a long time she worried that she’d never love anyone as much as Chris, but Hassan is showing her it’s possible. Chris will always be her first true love but Hassan has made his own mark."

Hopefully, Chris Brown will one day be but a distant memory.

(For the whole world, but especially for Rihanna)

"It’s two different kind of loves but equally strong."

This new love, of course, doesn't seem to be toxic or dangerous.

Rihanna Posing at Grammys

Rihanna just turned 30 in February.

While there's no "right time" to have a baby, and while absolutely no one is obligated to reproduce ... many look at her and say that this might be a very good time.

But if Rihanna wants to put off having a child for another few years, or a decade, or literally forever, that is totally her choice to make.

Rihanna is an amazing talent, and no amount of love for her gives any fan -- or anyone else -- the right to make that kind of choice for her.

Chris Brown Posts Birthday Shout-Out to Rihanna, Gets Roasted By Fans

Thankfully, Chris Brown hasn't been in the news much lately.

Generally when you see Breezy's name in a headline, it's a sure sign that you're face will soon be firmly planted in your palm.

And we're sad to say this latest case is no exception.

Chris Brown at Premiere

Today, Rihanna celebrates her 30th birthday, an occasion that she'll probably mark by smoking 31 blunts.

(The last one is because she lost count.)

Milestone birthdays can be times of poignant reflection, and obviously RiRi has a whole hell of a lot to be proud o.

But like most of us, there are some aspect of her past that she likely wishes would remain in the past.

And today, one of the ghosts of her early twenties swooped in to remind the Barbadian queen of a time she'd probably prefer to forget.

Rihanna Baby Pic

The photo above was posted on Instagram by Brown with a caption reading simply, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY @badgalriri."

Needless to say, some fans weren't thrilled to see the man who brutally assaulted Rihanna attempting to steal her birthday shine.

"This isn't cute," wrote one follower. "He put his hands on her. Grow up. Move on. Respect."

"DELETE THIS!" another commented.

"I wouldn’t like to have my abuser show affection to me after getting my head bashed into the floor," a third remarked.

The consensus seemed to be that Chris remains a dumbass and should probably be considered as a first-ballot inductee into the Dumbass Hall of Fame.

Rihanna at 2018 Grammys

But believe it or not, for reasons that defy explanation and make us seriously consider taking up residence in the deep woods, several miles from the nearest router, there are still folks out there who want Chris and Rihanna to get back together.

"Can y’all get married now like damn it’s long overdue!" wrote one eager fan.

"Aww him and Rihanna would have a cute baby," observed one clueless user.

Yes, in just 9 short years, many seem to have forgotten just how brutal Chris' attack truly was.

If you still had any hope left for humanity, it might be time to abandon it.

On the bright side, Chris doesn't appear to have dated anyone seriously since he broke up with Karrueche Tran for the last time in 2016, so maybe he's finally realized that he should be removed from the gene pool.

Rihanna: Boyfriend Hassan Jameel Warning Chris Brown to Stay Away?!

Rihanna is ... well, there's no real way to communicate with mere words how amazing Rihanna is.

She's beautiful, intelligent, talented, and just so many good things. There aren't enough hours in the day to sit down and count all of her virtues.

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She's just the best, OK?

And if you're a human being who walks this earth, then you surely know that.

It just makes sense that since Rihanna is such a treasure to us all, she's even more special to the men she dates -- and since last year, she's been dating billionaire Hassan Jameel.

Hassan is the deputy president and vice chairman of his family's company, which owns the rights to sell Toyota cars in Saudi Arabia.

We don't know much more about him, since he and Rihanna have been keeping their relationship very private.

Rihanna: Valerian Premiere Photo

But we do know that they've been dating for close to a year now, and that they definitely seem serious about each other.

So that's nice, right? It's good to see Rihanna with someone who isn't an aggressive, violent, hateful, scary douchebag.

And speaking of Chris Brown ...

It seems like while Chris isn't exactly an issue in Rihanna and Hassan's relationship, Hassan is concerned about him.

A source tells Hollywood Life that "He is uncomfortable with her ex Chris lurking in her past."

Chris Brown at Premiere

Gee, wonder why?

"Hassan doesn't trust Chris," the source adds, "and he feels like he is unpredictable when it comes to Rihanna."

"He feels like Chris is capable of trying anything to win her back and that has him feeling uneasy. Hassan tries not to worry about Chris, but knowing he may still love Rihanna makes him feel a bit tense."

His concerns may be valid -- another source claims that even after all this time and even though Rihanna has clearly moved on, Chris is still hung up on her.

"Chris thinks Hassan is not good enough for Rihanna -- but then, nobody would be good enough for her in his eyes," this insider states.

Chris Brown Sans Shirt

He's including himself in that, right? He can't think that he's good enough for her. Right?!

"He thinks there's no way Rihanna would marry this dude, which is kinda funny really as he doesn't know Hassan at all," the source continues.

"Chris just can't help it though, even after all these years, and all the water that's passed under the bridge, he still loves Rihanna to pieces and he still thinks of her as being his girl."

"It's totally crazy, but Chris still holds out this belief that one day, somehow, he and Rihanna will get back together and live happily after," the insider concludes.

No wonder Hassan has some concerns.

Especially when Chris has referred to himself as a stalker in the past, and has made statements like "If I love you, bitch, ain't nobody gonna have you, I'm gonna make you miserable."

We'd say we don't have the best feeling about this, but we never have good feelings when it comes to Chris Brown.

Rihanna: Fans Convinced She’s Pregnant After Last Night’s Grammy Performance!

A definite bright spot from last night's Grammy Awards was Rihanna's performance of "Wild Thoughts," right?

Then again, Rihanna's mere presence at any event could always be considered a bright spot.

Rihanna Performs at Grammys

Our girl went up there and performed "Wild Thoughts" with DJ Khaled, Bryson Tiller, and a bunch of dancers, and she killed it, as usual.

She looked amazing, the performance was amazing ... everything was amazing.

But hey, remember last year when Rihanna stepped out looking a little fuller figured and everyone was absolutely positive she was pregnant?

Yeah, that's happening again.

Her figure -- which, to be clear, is just incredible -- wasn't the only thing that got people talking though.

It was mostly her performance.

From the dress she wore to the low lighting to the way she sort of stayed behind the dancers, she just gave out that "I'm pregnant and hiding it but also performing live on national television" vibe, you know?

Oh, you don't know? You're still a little iffy on the state of Rihanna's womb?

Here, let Twitter explain it to you ...

"Rihanna is pregnant," one person insisted. "Her face full and she's glowing crazy."

Rihanna Posing at Grammys

Another person tweeted "I told y'all Beyonce was pregnant the minute she got on the stage at Roseland. I never get this wrong. Rihanna is with child."

Some people just have that gift, you know?

If you need another argument, someone else wrote "LMFAOO Idc what nobody says, Rihanna is pregnant lmao Her titties are HUGE. Y'all talking about 'nah she just thick' Okay but most thick bitches have little titties."

How do you argue with logic like that?!

Others just assumed that she's definitely pregnant, like this kind soul that tweeted "Why are they stressing Rihanna on that stage with all that dancing? She's obviously pregnant, carrying a billionaire's child too."

Rihanna Performing at Grammys

It's true -- she's been dating Hassan Jameel for a while now, and he is super, super rich. Like, crazy rich.

Several reports have said that their relationship is very serious as well. Perhaps so serious that they'd have a child together?!

Speaking of potential baby daddies, one person had a great point with "If Rihanna really pregnant DRAKE FANS REJOICE. WE ABOUT TO GET A TWO DISC JOURNEY."

Poor Drake. Hasn't he been through enough?

Sadly, others weren't as excited and kind about the rumors. There are quite a few tweets speculating about Rihanna's eating habits and calling her fat, which is not OK and really very wrong.

Rihanna at 2018 Grammys

To those people, one valuable Twitter user wrote "So help me Yeezus if I see any Rihanna pregnant/weight tweets. She looks SO HOT and you should lick a Tide Pod if you spread that kind of hate."

Topical AND fair.

But it's hard not to get pumped about the idea of international treasure Rihanna having a baby, right?

As one person put it, "I hope Rihanna is pregnant. That would make me so happy cus she really found the man she loves and wants to have a family with. That and baby Fenty would be chillin with Sir and Rumi."

Do you think she could actually be pregnant this time?

Rihanna Mourns Cousin, Calls for End to Gun Violence

Tragedy has struck Rihanna and her family.

The singer took to Instagram on Tuesday night and passed along the sad news that her cousin had been murdered in Barbados.

Rihanna, Cousin

Only 21 years old, Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne was shot and killed while spending time in Rihanna's native country.

In tribute to her late loved one, Rihanna wrote the following on her social media account.

"RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!” Rihanna captioned a slideshow of four photos with Alleyne.

She added:

“Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man! #endgunviolence.”

While followers have expressed their condolences to Rihanna and passed along their sympathies online, many have also focused on the hashtag she included.

End. Gun. Violence.

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This is probably as contentious of an issue as exists in America right now.

Heck, the same day Rihanna shared this post, Teen Mom 2 star Jeremy Calvert received both backlash and compliments for gifting his four-year old daughter with a rifle.

Some folks are aghast that any father would do such a thing...

... while others think Calvert was acting responsibly by teaching his child gun safety at a young age.

In other words: gun violence is a complicated issue.

Rihanna has been applauded by some for her call to action above, while others have wondered what steps she is referring to, exactly.

Rihanna in All Black

As for the specifics of what happened with her cousin:

According to local reports, Alleyne was simply walking near his residence in Lake Close, Eden Lodge, St. Michael, around 7 p.m. when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times before fleeing the scene.

The victim was then rushed to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead.

Authorities in Barbados have launched an investigation.

It's a tragedy.

Rihanna: Is She Pregnant

In February, Alleyne posted a special message to Rihanna in honor of her birthday.

“Every day we are happy to have you in our lives,” he wrote at the time, adding:

“Happy Birthday cousin, we really love you. Your presence in my life is a source of joy and happiness. To my favorite cousin, may all your dreams and wishes come true.

"#LoveYouLoads #wishyoumanymoretocome.”

May he rest in peace.

Celebrity Fashion Face-Off: Rihanna vs. Jessica Alba

When two stars of this magnitude go head to head in a celebrity fashion clash, there is no telling who will emerge victorious. Until you vote on it, that is.

Rihanna hit the streets of N.Y.C. for a day of shopping in her J Brand "Zombie" jeans, while Jessica Alba flaunted her new locks in similarly ripped pants.

Who wore the look better, the singer and part-time tattoo artist or the hot mom and part-time actress? Tell us below in our little informal survey ...

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Rihanna Plays Tattoo Artist, NYC Not Thrilled

Police are investigating a New York City tattoo parlor, East Side Ink, because Rihanna decided she wanted to play tattoo artist earlier this week.

Wednesday night, three lucky people at East Side Ink got brand-new tattoos inked by the "Umbrella" singer herself. This is apparently illegal.

"She came by to hang out with us and her regular tattoo artist, Bang Bang," says East Side Ink owner Yadira. "He decided he wanted to get a tattoo from her and then two of the other artists decided they wanted to get one as well."

RiRi gave her buddy and the other artists one of her signature signs.

"She tattooed us for a change," says Yadira. "It's a little umbrella with a capital R. The second and third had a number two and a number three next to it."

But the NYC Health Department says tattooing without a license is illegal.

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Will Rihanna be involved in more legal drama?

"Only licensed tattoo artists can administer tattoos in the city according to the City's Health Code," says NYC Health Dept. spokesperson Erin Brady.

Yadria counters it's only illegal if she is making a profit.

And as for Rihanna facing legal drama, an NYPD spokeswoman acknowledged that "Someone would have to make a complaint. There's been none."

Who would really complain? And would any minor legal matter faze her after getting her face flattened by Chris Brown earlier this year? Doubtful.

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Will Rihanna Stick to Her Story at Chris Brown Hearing?

Rihanna is set to take the stand as a witness against Chris Brown in his preliminary hearing today, with the festivities starting at 1:45 PM PST (4:45 EST).

Suffice it to say, her testimony is hugely important, an could potentially make or break the case against her ex-boyfriend. All bets are off at this point.

A few burning questions for today's hearing:

  • Will she stick to the story she told cops the night of the alleged beating? Rihanna said Brown had beaten her before and the violence was escalating?
  • Will Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, cross-examine Rihanna?
  • Additionally, if the case goes to trial, will Geragos argue that she was the initial aggressor, repeatedly hitting him before he began pounding on her?
  • Will the photo of Rihanna's battered face be admitted? Or the pics that were supposedly taken the next day - after the bruising and swelling settled, and looked even worse - that were not leaked to the press?

The judge has rejected TV or livestream coverage for today's hearing, but we will be posting updates with additional information as it becomes available.

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