- The Washington Times - Monday, February 9, 2009

LOS ANGELES &#8212: Wrigley says it’s suspending ad campaigns featuring Chris Brown as its spokesman for Doublemint gum.

The company stopped short of saying they will drop the troubled R&B star completely.

A company statement expresses concern about what it calls “serious allegations made against Chris Brown.” He was arrested Sunday night for a reported battery on a woman, and canceled his Grammy performance.

Wrigley said it would suspend any current advertising or any related marketing until the situation is resolved, adding that the 19-year-old should be “afforded the same due process as any citizen.”

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that a 911 call may be key in the reported assault involving Mr. Brown and the woman — identified by several publications as singer Rihanna.

The call came from a witness who apparently had no idea he or she was stepping into a high-profile celebrity case.

Los Angeles Police Department sources say the witness, who remains unidentified, did not know entertainers were involved when reporting early Sunday morning that a violent altercation was taking place on a quiet Hancock Park street. Detectives are still gathering evidence in the alleged assault and have not yet turned the case over to prosecutors, who will decide whether to file charges against Brown.

As of right now, nothing has been presented, Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorneys office, told the newspaper.

Mr. Brown was booked Sunday on suspicion of making criminal threats and was released on $50,000 bail.

Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, suffered visible injuries in the alleged altercation. TMZ.com quoted a “law enforcement official” as saying Rihanna suffered contusions and bite marks.

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