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Chris Brown investigated for Grammy-day assault

TOP-SELLING R&B singer Chris Brown was under investigation for attacking an unidentified woman after an argument early yesterday morning, hours before he was scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards, police said.

The 19-year-old R&B star, who was scheduled to perform his hit single "Forever" at the Grammys at the Staples Center in Los Angeles yesterday evening, was accused of attacking the woman after an argument in his car, Los Angeles police said.

Police declined to name the woman who made the domestic violence complaint against Brown. Brown has been romantically linked to pop singer Rihanna.

Rihanna had also been scheduled to perform at the Grammys, but canceled shortly before the show was scheduled to begin, according to a statement released by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

"We have just been informed that Rihanna will not be attending tonight's 51st Annual Grammy Awards. We're sorry she is unable to join us," the academy said in a brief statement that did not offer any further explanation.

Representatives for Brown and Rihanna, 20, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Police said Brown and the woman got into an argument while sitting in a parked car in the city's Hancock Park neighborhood at around 12:30 am yesterday.

"After stopping his car, Brown and the woman got out and the argument escalated," the Los Angeles police Department said. "The woman suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker."

The LAPD 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.

An LAPD spokeswoman declined further comment.

Brown, who released his first album in 2005 at the age of 16, the self-titled "Chris Brown," topped the charts with his hit single "Run it."

Barbados-born Rihanna has already logged four Number 1 singles since breaking onto the charts in 2005.

She won a 2007 Grammy Award for her single "Umbrella," a collaboration with the rapper Jay-Z, and had been scheduled to perform her latest hit, "Disturbia," last night.


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