LOS ANGELES -- Singer Chris Brown was arrested and charged with making criminal threats last night for an early morning attack on an unidentified woman widely thought to be his girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.
Los Angeles police would not confirm the name of the victim, but both Brown and Rihanna missed their performances at yesterday's Grammy Awards, and several media outlets speculated that Rihanna was the unidentified woman.
Brown, 19, was scheduled to perform his love song "Forever" at the music awards ceremony, and Rihanna was set to sing her hit single "Disturbia." Rihanna was nominated in three categories.
As the show was getting underway, Brown turned himself in for questioning by police. Later, he was booked on a charge of making criminal threats and released on $50,000 US bail, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.
Brown was being investigated for alleged domestic violence felony battery and additional charges could be filed after officials review the case, the LAPD said in its statement.
Police said Brown got into an argument with an unidentified woman while sitting in a parked car in the city's Hancock Park neighborhood at around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday.
"After stopping his car, Brown and the woman got out and the argument escalated," the police said. "The woman suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker."
Police received a 911 call reporting the disturbance and according to the statement, when officers arrived they found the victim, but Brown had already left the scene.