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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

 

Wrigley's Gum Suspends Chris Brown Commercial, Rihanna Silent

           

Musicians Chris Brown and Rihanna perform during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New

Rihanna and Chris Brown perform

at the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York

in December.

                                                     

Jill Sergeant 

2/10/09

1:25 AM EST 

                                                               

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Chewing gum makers Wrigley on Monday suspended a commercial featuring Chris Brown after the popular R&B singer was arrested on suspicion of attacking a woman widely reported to be his singer girlfriend Rihanna.

The clean-cut Brown, 19, one of the fastest-rising stars of the last two years, was free on $50,000 bail, a day after the couple hurriedly canceled separate performances at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Both the Brown and Rihanna camps were silent on Monday. Police sources told the Los Angeles Times and celebrity Web site TMZ.com that the woman who reported she had been attacked by Brown in the early hours of Sunday was 20-year-old Rihanna, singer of hits "Umbrella" and "Disturbia."

Wrigley said in a statement it was "concerned by the serious allegations" made against Brown, who was booked by police on suspicion of making a felony criminal threat.

The company said that while Brown should be afforded due legal process "we have made the decision to suspend the current advertising featuring Brown...until the matter is resolved."

Brown, who was competing against Rihanna in a Grammy category, was a spokesman for Doublemint gum and his hit song "Forever" was part of that advertising campaign.

Brown is also a pitchman for the long-running Got Milk? campaign, in which celebrities are photographed with a milk mustache. The Milk Processor Education Program said his participation was scheduled to end this week, as planned.

"The Milk Mustache campaign is taking the allegations against Chris Brown very seriously," the Washington, D.C.-based trade group said in a statement. "We are very proud and protective of the image of the Milk Mustache campaign and the responsible message it sends to teens."

The incident appeared to be out of character for Brown, who has been dating Barbados-born Rihanna for about a year and helped produce her album.

She was variously reported to have been left bruised, bleeding and even bitten in the attack, which took place shortly after she and Brown left a pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills on Saturday night.

Police said the woman "suffered visible injuries" in the incident, which started in a car and continued as both parties got out. Los Angeles prosecutors are considering whether to formally charge Brown, who could face up to three years in prison if convicted, legal sources said.

Celebrity Web site Radaronline quoted an unidentified eyewitness who said she had seen Rihanna being treated at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday.

"Rihanna was clearly very upset by what happened and I could hear her screaming. Rihanna was trying to get her point across about something. She sounded like she was crying," the eyewitness told Radaronline.com.

Rihanna's publicist issued a brief statement on Sunday saying: "Rihanna is well. Thank you for concern and support."

Fans of both Rihanna and Brown, who made his name at age 16 with the single "Run It", were shocked by the incident.

People magazine pondered what had gone wrong, calling it a "Fairy-tale romance gone awry". One of hundreds of postings on the Us Weekly Web site said; "I just don't understand. it's so out of character of him. i really want to know the real story. i just can't believe he beat some girl. doesn't seem like him what so ever."

 


Comments:
They r too young to b so serious, they both have a good
career going on, Engage!!! too young. Who knows what
they want at 19.
Although I don't usually read gossip magazines & tabloids, in this day & age it is impossible not to hear about this stuff. My first reaction was "A thug is a thug is a thug." I don't care if they are Black or White, rich or poor, famous or unknowns, if a man beats up a woman and she has "visible injuries" and "bruised, bleeding, bitten" then he needs to be treated like any other criminal. Unfortunately, many women do not want to press charges until they're dead. Then we can't hear their screams.
Just want to add: Michael Phelps didn't hurt anyone. He's being punished for smoking a little dope and lost his endorsements.   It wouldn't make sense to promote someone who was arrested on assault and castigate the young athlete.
"Police sources told the Los Angeles Times and celebrity Web site TMZ.com" - totally unprofessional, but, that's how they roll, these days.
This man is vile.   If she goes back to him she's dumb. My opinion on Phelps - till pot is legal he did wrong.
Justxploring, I totally agree with you that no man or woman should physically or mentally abuse another person. My concern is that not one organization has said anything.   I am looking for some organization or someone to stand up and say that physical abuse is wrong and if Chris Brown did it then he is wrong.

The unfortunate part of this story is that when this is over Chris Brown will come out smelling like roses. Follow my thought pattern: he will apologize, beg for forgive, don't forget he will cry, real tears of course, talk about how he has disappointed his mother (who was also a victim of domestic abuse and Chris threatened to kill his stepfather), talk about how he has let his fans down but most of all he is disappointed in himself.   Chris will apologize again and receive counseling and then he will be the poster child for domestic abuse. He will promise that it will not happen again. He will go around the world talking about how he received counseling and tell everyone how wrong it is. He will come out on top. It will be a great PR campaign and I believe that someone is working on it now. I don't have any inside information but this is usually how it works.
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