A representative for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to MTV News late Sunday (February 8) that Chris Brown is in custody at the Wilshire Police Station, in connection with an alleged domestic violence felony battery report. The singer voluntarily turned himself in to be questioned. He had not been arrested or charged over the incident at press time, according to an information officer, who declined to identify the injured party in the alleged assault.
According to The Associated Press, the LAPD said in a release that the 19-year-old R&B singer and an unidentified woman were in a vehicle in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles early Sunday when they began arguing.
The Los Angeles Times reported late Sunday that “sources familiar with the investigation” said the victim in the attack was singer Rihanna, although that information was unconfirmed at press time.
Police said Brown and the woman got out of the car and the argument escalated; the woman reportedly identified Brown as her attacker. Officers said Brown was not present at the scene when they arrived. People.com reported that the woman suffered visible injuries.
A rep for Brown had not responded to MTV News’ requests for comment at press time.
According to Entertainment Weekly’s Web site, Rihanna and Brown were involved in a car accident early Sunday; a rep for her would not confirm or deny the accident, saying only that “Rihanna is well. Thank you for the care and support.”
MTV News’ attempts to reach Brown’s spokesperson for comment on the matter were unsuccessful.
It was announced Sunday night that neither Rihanna nor Chris Brown would appear at the Grammy Awards as scheduled.