Chris Brown Charged, Released On Bail

Singer charged with criminal threats; reports that Rihanna was injured party unconfirmed at press time.

Chris Brown has been charged by the Los Angeles Police Department with making criminal threats regarding [news id="1604553"]an incident he was involved in early Sunday[/news]. Bail was set at $50,000 and Brown has been released, MTV News has confirmed.

Brown turned himself in to authorities late Sunday (February 8) after reports surfaced that [news id="1604569"]he was involved in a domestic dispute[/news].

According to the LAPD, 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 [url id="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/02/rb-singer-chris.html"]Los Angeles Times[/url] reported late Sunday that sources inside the LAPD said the victim in the attack was singer Rihanna.

Authorities, however, declined to confirm the identity of the woman involved in the incident.

Police said Brown and the woman got out of the car and the argument escalated; a witness then called 911, according to the Times.

The injured 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 in question suffered visible injuries from the attack.

According to Entertainment Weekly‘s Web site, [news id="1604549"]Rihanna and Brown were involved in a car accident[/news] 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 at press time.

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