When Chris Brown was sentenced yesterday to 5 years' probation and 6 months' of community service for beating Rihanna on February 8th, the judge also refused Rihannas request to strike down the order demanding Brown stay at least 300 yards away from her at all times. Equally surprising was that the judge confirmed reports that Brown had been violent before. The Daily Mail says...
A probation report prepared for Tuesday's sentencing describes two previous incidents ... the first happened about three months before the February beating while the couple was traveling in Europe; Rihanna slapped Brown during an argument, and he shoved her into a wall. In the second instance, Brown allegedly broke the front and passenger side windows on a Range Rover they were driving while visiting Barbados. Neither attack was reported, the probation report states.
I realize that some people will look at those two instances and suggest they're no big deal because he didn't actually hit her on those occasions, and I think that's a pretty good way to judge how much of an asshole this guy is, because it means the simple act of not punching a girl has somehow become commendable.
(hq jump here. source = splash news online)