- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 27, 2009

A history of violence

The famous fight between Rihanna and Chris Brown wasn’t their first one, says the New York Daily News, citing anew the claims it first reported in March about the former duo’s tempestuous relationship.

As reported by the newspaper, court documents reveal that the pair had earlier violent episodes before the ruinous Feb. 8 blowup.

About three months before that incident, Rihanna slapped Brown during a tense argument, according to Brown’s probation review, released Tuesday. In that battle, which took place in Europe, Brown answered back by shoving Rihanna into a wall.

The second fight took place roughly three weeks before the Grammy-night controversy.

Brown and Rihanna “were visiting Barbados and were driving a Range Rover loaned to them,” according to the documents. “They had an argument inside the car. [Brown] exited and broke the front driver and passenger side windows of the car. No one was injured during the incident.”

The documents also confirm earlier details about the Feb. 8 incident. Problems began after Brown, 20, reportedly got a text message from an old lover.

Rihanna, 21, “became enraged” and “slammed both of her fists against the dashboard,” at which point Brown pulled over his Lamborghini and told her to get out of the car. That led to the physical altercation.

Brown was formally sentenced Tuesday to six months of community labor and five years’ probation.

Cibrian seeks divorce

Eddie Cibrian is divorcing his wife of nearly eight years.

Court records show the 36-year-old actor, who has appeared on TV shows including “Ugly Betty” and “The Starter Wife,” filed for divorce on Monday, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Cibrian and his wife, Brandi, were married in 2001. They have two sons, 6 and 2.

Tabloid reports have linked Mr. Cibrian with country singer LeAnn Rimes, his co-star in the TV movie “Northern Lights.”

Dude looks like a lady

According to an informal poll on People.com, 65 percent of respondents think Robin Williams should play Susan Boyle in a feature film about the Scottish singer’s rapid rise to fame.

Earlier this week, unconfirmed reports surfaced that Mr. Williams - who played a frumpy British housekeeper in the 1993 film “Mrs. Doubtfire” - may be in talks to fill Miss Boyle’s sensible flats.

In posing the question “Would Robin Williams make a good Susan Boyle?” the magazine’s Web site asked participants to choose one of two answers: “Yes! No one wears stockings and fills a blouse like he does,” or “He should stick to the kooky male roles!”

Singer arrested

Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump was arrested on a two-year-old warrant for driving without a valid license, Associated Press reports.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says the 25-year-old was arrested by Los Angeles police late Tuesday during a traffic stop. He was released early Wednesday after posting $15,000 bail.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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