Jay Z: Chris Brown Is a Dead Man Walking

Attack prompts outrage and rumors, from herpes to jealousy
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2009 9:23 AM CST
In a Dec. 12, 2008 file photo singers Rihanna and Chris Brown perform at Madison Square Garden in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini/file)
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(Newser) – Glimpses into the crazy world of Rihanna and Chris Brown continue to trickle out. The latest tidbits from their pre-Grammy drama:

  • Jay-Z, who discovered Rihanna, is enraged, says a source. “Chris is a walking dead man.”
  • One rumor claims Rihanna caught herpes from Jay-Z and passed it on to Chris, sparking the fight.
  • Paris Hilton and/or Leona Lewis was “all over” Brown, prompting Rihanna’s ire.

  • A source from Brown’s legal camp claims a suspicious text message he received caused Rihanna to “beat the sh-t out of Chris. She was so uncontrollable that Chris began to fight back in self defense.”
  • The LAPD confirmed the 911 call “mostly recorded the sound of a screaming woman.”
  • Brown’s stepfather—whom the singer accused of physical abuse—“wouldn’t be surprised” if the allegations against his stepson are true.