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Chris Brown is a Grammy Award-winning R&B and dance music entertainer who has pleaded guilty to assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna.
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Pop singer Chris Brown was best known for his performances and No. 1 songs before his 2009 assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna. He has since released several hit songs and remained in the public eye for controversial reasons.
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Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Nicki Minaj's family moved to Queens, where she attended La Guardia High School. She was introduced to rapper Lil Wayne, who signed her to Young Money Entertainment and launched her career.
The youngest artist to score 12 number one singles in the US, Rihanna signed with Def Jam records at the age of 16. Since then, she's become an international sensation with hit songs such as "Umbrella," "We Found Love," and "Diamonds."
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Expanding his career as an entertainer, Brown branched out into acting. He had a small role in the box office hit Stomp in the Yard (2007), which centered around a step dance competition. The film also featured another popular R&B performer, Ne-Yo. On the small screen, Brown played against type as a high school band geek on The O.C. for several episodes.
The final months of 2007 brought a wave of new projects for Brown. He released his second album, Exclusive,
in November. On this latest project, Brown became more hands on behind the scenes. He helped write several tracks, including the hit single "Kiss Kiss" with T-Pain. In addition to T-Pain, Brown worked with Sean Garrett on "Wall to Wall" and will.i.am and Tank on "Picture Perfect" among others. He also came up the concepts for his music videos and served as co-director on them.
Around the same time, Brown returned to the big screen with a more substantial role in the holiday-themed dramatic comedy, This Christmas (2007). As Michael "Baby" Whitfield, he played a young man wanting to pursue a musical career despite opposition from his family. The film also featured Delroy Lindo, Loretta Devine, Regina King and Mekhi Phifer.
In February 2009, the young performer made headlines after being arrested for allegedly assaulting then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna during an argument. "Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired," Brown said in a statement shortly after the incident. He was charged with two felony counts related to the incident.
In June, Brown pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 180 days of community labor and five years of probation. He was also ordered to stay away from Rihanna. The following month, Brown fully acknowledged and apologized for his actions, saying in a video statement that "I have told Rihanna countless times, and I am telling you today, that I'm truly, truly sorry that I wasn't able to handle the situation both differently and better."
Despite the backlash from the domestic abuse scandal, Brown managed to continue to enjoy some popularity as a performer. He released the albums F.A.M.E. in 2011 and Fortune in 2012. Not long before the debut of his next effort, X (2013), Brown found himself back in trouble with the law. He was arrested on assault charges in October 2013.
In this incident, Brown and his bodyguard allegedly fought with an unidentified man outside a Washington, D.C. hotel. The singer may face serious consequences for this altercation as he is still on probation for his 2009 assault on former girlfriend Rihanna.
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