Oprah to Rihanna: 'He Will Hit You Again'

But 'she hit me first,' Brown claims
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2009 7:16 AM CDT
Rihanna arrives at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2009, left, and in this undated photo provided by TMZ, Rihanna is shown after she was beaten, according to TMZ.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles and TMZ)
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(Newser) – As Chris Brown tries to negotiate a misdemeanor plea, Oprah Winfrey spoke to battered girlfriend Rihanna through her show Friday, telling the battered singer, “If a man hits you once, he will hit you again. He will hit you again.” An expert on her show compared Brown to OJ Simpson, the New York Daily News reports—and warned he could kill Rihanna, adding that the alleged choking is especially telling: “It's hands on, face-to-face. It's a very intimate type of violence.”

Meanwhile, TMZ cites sources who say Rihanna hit Brown first, slapping and striking him “numerous times” while he was driving—and he’s using that information to wiggle out of a felony plea. Brown doesn’t want to do jail time, and his team consulted with legal experts who said Rihanna’s aggressiveness—which is apparently cited in the police report—should downgrade Brown’s charge to a misdemeanor.