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Brown Case Back with Police

THE Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office asked police to do more investigative work before a decision is made on whether charges will be filed in the domestic violence case against singer Chris Brown, according to a spokeswoman for the DA.

The LAPD’s chief investigator in case, Detective Deshon Andrews, told CNN he hand-carried his findings to the district attorney Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutors looked at the files and then asked Andrews for “an additional investigation,” DA spokeswoman Jane Robinson said.

Andrews said that to keep photos and documents from leaking to the media, he has kept the case file closely guarded and allowed no copies of the material to be made.

Police have refused media requests to hear the 911 call that led to their investigation early Sunday, but Andrews said it mostly recorded the sound of “a screaming woman”.

Brown, 19, turned himself in last Sunday night after police said they were looking for him. He was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats.

Brown was later released on a US$50 000 bond. He is expected to appear in court on March 5.

Police said Brown and a woman were in a vehicle near Hollywood’s Hancock Park early Sunday when they became involved in an argument.

The woman “suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker,” police said.

Police did not identify the woman, but sources close to the couple told CNN the alleged victim was his girlfriend, singer Rihanna, 20. Brown’s lawyer has not responded to several requests for comment.

According to PEOPLE magazine, new details have emerged about the midnight altercation between Chris Brown and Rihanna that led to Brown being booked on a felony criminal threat charge.

“Chris knocked her around,” a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE. “Black eye, blood, bruises. She had to be treated by a doctor.”

A police source confirms to PEOPLE that the singer suffered a black eye as well as “a swollen split lip and two red and purple contusions on either side of her forehead.”

The source, who described police photos of Rihanna, added, “She looked distraught and in a lot of pain. Her eyes were closed because she was looking down.”

The Barbados-bred beauty, 20 — who is currently in “a safe place,” says a friend — is cooperating with detectives, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The case could be affected by how much Rihanna is willing to forgive her boyfriend. “Prosecutors back off somewhat when they see a couple trying to work out their own issues,” says Steve Sitkoff, an LA defense attorney. But, says the friend, “I would be so sad if she went back to him.”

In the meantime, both stars have cancelled upcoming appearances: The NBA has issued a statement that Brown will no longer participate in their All-Star Game events in Phoenix this weekend, while Rihanna backed out of a concert in Malaysia tonight.

News of the alleged assault stunned fans and friends alike. Brown, known for his charm and Michael Jackson-style moves, has always been seen as a good kid. “I’ve never known Chris to be combative,” says his high school gym teacher from Tappahannock, Va, Lyn Amos. “He’s always low-key, easygoing.” Adds Jean Segar, a restaurant owner who has known Brown since he was a child: “He’s such a mild-mannered person. It’s hard for me to believe (the charge).”— CNN/People.com.

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