Rihanna’s dad says Chris Brown’s in denial

Chris Brown arrives at court with his lawyerRihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty, says Chris Brown needs to stop being in denial about what he did. Brown, 19, appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday and pleaded ‘not guilty’ to assault charges brought against him last February. He was accused of attacking then-girlfriend Rihanna, 21, during a fight in his rented Lamborghini. Brown’s decision to challenge the accusations left Fenty seething. “So what happened? Somebody else did this to Rihanna then? I just would like to see justice go in the right direction. I don’t want his career to be damaged — it’s damaged already. I think he’s a talented guy, but everybody should have to pay,” he said. “When you do the crime, you do the time. I don’t want to see him locked up for a long time — I just want him to acknowledge and get some help. Who did it? That’s the question now.” ~Meryl H.

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  1. Nancy • April 7, 2009 @ 2:27 PM

    Chris is a coward! When (and if) he is found guilty, his sentence should be doubled because he plead “Not guilty”…and not just for celebs or Chris, but for anyone who pleads not guilty and is found to actually be guilty. They waste court time and taxpayers money when they know full well that they are guilty. Not only that but witnesses and most importantly, the victim, have to be brought into court and put through it all again. There should be a penalty.

  2. tributegirl • April 7, 2009 @ 3:29 PM

    Totally agreed, Nancy.
    A real man would never do this in the first place, so I guess it’s no surprise he’d plead not guilty.

  3. Jo-Anne • April 7, 2009 @ 3:37 PM

    well, I think from all the “reported” evidence the guilt part is painfully obvious. But he’s still entitled to a trial and/or to change his plea…

    I read Rihanna is pushing for the plea as she doesn’t want to testify against him…guess she’s not on the same page as her dad…

  4. Nancy • April 7, 2009 @ 3:57 PM

    And I read, that she WILL testify if she has too, is fully co-operating but just wants it over with…..as most victims would!!

  5. Jo-Anne • April 7, 2009 @ 4:14 PM

    well, doesn’t go without saying, Nancy, she will testify if she HAS to???

  6. Nancy • April 7, 2009 @ 4:27 PM

    That’s right, Jo-Anne. And my point is that victims shouldn’t have to be un-necessarily put through that. So, in my opinion, if the max. if 4 years for this crime and he pleads not guily knowing full well that he IS guilty, goes to trial and is found guilty, he should get more than the 4 year max.

  7. Jo-Anne • April 7, 2009 @ 4:38 PM

    so, are you saying (’cause it seems you are) the court system should bend/disregard/embellish the max sentences in place whenever they see fit???

  8. Nancy • April 7, 2009 @ 4:47 PM

    No, I’m saying that the max sentence should only be for those who are willing to own up to what they’ve done…that’s their punishment for a crime they committed and were then honest about it. For those who lie and plead “Not guilty” and the witnesses and victim(s) have to be dragged into court, only to find the accused is actually guilty, should be punished a little more than the honest ones who owned up to what they did.

    Oh, and the court system bends/disregards/embellishes sentences quite frequently, Jo-Anne. For instance, when someone gets a “lesser sentence” for helping the police, that’s just one example.

  9. tributegirl • April 8, 2009 @ 9:59 AM

    True, I know of someone who had all charges dropped against him because he turned “states evidence” against his sister in a pretty horrific case, and he definitely should have gone to jail as well for his role in the situation.
    Doing the crime is bad enough, but not admitting to it and causing extra hardship on the victims and their families should have consequences if the person is “found” guilty.

    On a side note, is anyone else having problems with this website? Ever since they added the tweet thingy, a lot of times the page won’t come up for me, and I have to go back & try again, sometimes a couple times. I don’t have any problems with any other websites.

  10. Jo-Anne • April 8, 2009 @ 10:15 AM

    it’s not a perfect world, guys, and sometimes the “Bigger and badder guys” would beat the system and the public would suffer the results…I guess given that kinda choice, when in order to have enough evidence to ensure jail time a strong possibility, they choose to let the “lesser” offender walk…

    sure, in a perfect world, you want to see them all do time, but would you honestly choose to take chances on weak, at best, evidence and risk the “main” accused’s freedom on insufficient evidence?

    and I do believe, pleading not guilty and found guilty carries stricter sentences, but again, there is a maximum/minimum to every crime…

    yes, tg., agree, lots of trouble on this site yesterday and today…

  11. Nancy • April 8, 2009 @ 10:22 AM

    Well, there wouldn’t be so much “trouble on this site yesterday and today” if you had just stated your “and I do believe, pleading not guilty and found guilty carries stricter sentences” comment in the first place, instead of picking the hell out of my comment!

  12. tributegirl • April 8, 2009 @ 10:27 AM

    I totally see what you are saying there, but the case I am talking about was so extremely horrific, and both this guy and his sister did some pretty horrible things, neither should have ever been free, but she is the one who started the extreme torture, and committed the final act of murder, he “only” committed extreme torture (as well) and rape.

    When you say lots of trouble yesterday and today, do you mean what I commented on about the pages not coming up, or are you referring to the sparring on here? So far I’ve been able to avoid the sparring, but the problems with the site itself are really pretty annoying.

  13. Nancy • April 8, 2009 @ 10:28 AM

    And yes Tributegirl, I’ve been having problems with only this website as well. It’s really slow and won’t display the article half the time and keeps saying “fatal error”. In fact, on the Lindsay Lohan article this morning, there was a comment from Anon last night, but her comment wasn’t there, in the comment box it said “fatal error”. Then, awhile later it was gone and Anon’s comment was there…??? Hope Tribute didn’t get hit with that virus last week!!

  14. tributegirl • April 8, 2009 @ 10:28 AM

    Forgot to mention, there was a lot of evidence against him and her, but he was offered immunity if he testified against her, and he jumped at the chance.

  15. tributegirl • April 8, 2009 @ 11:04 AM

    Nancy, neither of your comments were there when I put mine on! Yeah, I do think tribute has some sort of bug to fix, something’s going on.

  16. tributegirl • April 8, 2009 @ 6:41 PM

    It seems they’ve fixed it. Thanks tribute!

  17. 4thjet • April 9, 2009 @ 1:41 PM

    He’s pleading not guilty so that Rhiana has to testify in front of him. It’s a common abuser’s trick figuring that he will either: use the “honeymoon phase” to talk her out of testifying, or that he would intimidate her in court flustering her to make her look like it wasn’t as bad as reported. Unfortunately for him the police already have a full play by play from her as well as the pictures of her injuries.
    I hope that the DA’s office does not make some stupid deal with him and he does have to go thru a full trial now ending with the full maximum sentence!
    No one has a right to hit a woman, let alone beat and strangle her!

  18. Anon • April 9, 2009 @ 3:10 PM

    Nancy on April 7, 2009 4:47 PM

    No, Im saying that the max sentence should only be for those who are willing to own up to what theyve done

    Wow Nancy, I hope your son never breaks any laws, could you imagine if he got the max sentence?

    To be honest, a max sentence does us all a disservice. Jailing petty thieves, minor driving violators and I hate to admit this, but domestic violence serves no purpose other than divert valuable tax dollars that could be put to better use. Public service which is somewhat humiliating, or other forced volunteering, along with intense counselling and support would no doubt rehabilitate more effectively than a jail sentence. I am not a bleeding heart liberal either. A young man stole my van and personals a few weeks ago. Im lucky my deductible was only 200, but it still ended up costing me around 1500.00 for personal belongings, ID etc. Do I think he should do jail time? No, he is a victim of his poverty and dysfunctional household. Intervention through social programs would be far more beneficial to this young man than a jail sentence which would no doubt only fine tune the skills he has acquired to date.

  19. tributegirl • April 10, 2009 @ 10:20 AM

    I do see what you’re saying, anon, about being a victim of poverty, etc, however, I think that once a person reaches a certain age, those things (while still a strong force in the persons life) can no longer be used as excuses. I think at some point people have to take responsibility for their actions, whatever their circumstances were during childhood.

  20. Nancy • April 10, 2009 @ 6:16 PM

    If my son were to break the law Anon, I would expect him to receive the appropriate sentence. I think our government, and obviously the US government, should stop slapping these people on the wrist and spending all this money on these “programs” that don’t work either and start giving all the children of the world some “tough love”. Such as, you steal…you get 1 finger cut off, let it happen again and you lose your whole hand! People wouldn’t be long straightening out their priorities!!

  21. Jo-Anne • April 10, 2009 @ 6:24 PM

    well, if that were the case, you’d be going around with no head for all your inappropriate mouthing off…

    seriously, I cannot believe even someone as obviously screwed up as yourself would suggest such a ridiculous ignorant solution re punishment…

    you’d be thanking your stars above your suggestions never saw the light of day should yuor kids ever get caught with their “hands in the cookie jar”…

  22. Nancy • April 10, 2009 @ 7:12 PM

    You’re a fine one to be talking about “inappropriate behaviour”… and about others being “obviously screwed up”!! You are such an anacronistic b!tch!! 😉

  23. Jo-Anne • April 10, 2009 @ 7:22 PM

    off with her head…

    although I am impressed you’ve been up all night I see, up to the “A”‘s in the dictionary…

  24. Nancy • April 10, 2009 @ 7:45 PM

    Nah, the B’s…right B!TCH? 😛

  25. Jo-Anne • April 10, 2009 @ 8:21 PM

    no, I have no doubt of your familiarity with “street gutter language”…

    but you should pay closer attention to the educational English…concentrate on getting that right, it’s anacHronistic…

    not too many employers seeking to hire those who list among their top achievements,
    “Excellence in the Field of Profanity”….

  26. Nancy • April 10, 2009 @ 8:30 PM

    Well, thankfully I already have employment then. Lucky me!! I see you still haven’t put your stones down and are still throwing them around even though you live in a glass house. You know what I mean by that, don’t you? I mean, you always start your sentences with a small letter instead of a capital…then, oh what’s a strong word? “CONDEMN” others for any spelling errors they make. Hypocrite.

  27. Jo-Anne • April 10, 2009 @ 8:35 PM

    that’s my style…my mark, kinda like Zorro you know?

    it’s a personal thing…like your smiley faces, LMAO, and ALL those other wonderful, endearing things that make you….Y-O-U!!
    ha ha

  28. Anon • April 11, 2009 @ 12:35 AM

    tributegirl on April 10, 2009 10:20 AM

    I agree with you that at some point you do have to take responsibility for your actions, but if you were never given the tools or guidance, its almost impossible to do. I dont know what his upbringing was like, but hes obviously a very angry young man that doesnt know how or where to funnel his rage.

    4thjet on April 9, 2009 1:41 PM

    I highly doubt that he has fine tuned his abusers tricks by 19.

  29. anon • April 11, 2009 @ 11:28 AM

    Nancy on April 10, 2009 6:16 PM

    Such as, you stealyou get 1 finger cut off, let it happen again and you lose your whole hand!

    There are places like this in the world that you might want to consider relocating to. At least then you know your kids will always take the straight but narrow road. That way you can rest assured that they will receive the appropriate punishment should they pull a few shenanigans or break the law. Or you could move to a State that has implemented the 3 strikes policy. I’ve read it’s working “wonders” there.

  30. Nancy • April 11, 2009 @ 1:20 PM

    Well Anon/Gina, I was born and raised Canadian…so I think I’ll stay! Also, anyone “with half a brain” knows that these “programs” you speak of, only work for people who WANT to change, and I do believe that these programs should be there for those people but, you cannot force someone to change unless something drastic happens in their life to basically scare them into changing. So, to stick the unwilling into these programs, knowing full well they won’t change just wastes money and time and space that could be used up by those who DO want to change. Why should the rest of us law-abiding citizens have to pay pay pay in every direction we turn for these people?

  31. anon • April 11, 2009 @ 1:33 PM

    True enough….one does have to want to change, but most need support and guidance or it doesn’t work. In this case, we are talking about a 19 yr old that doesn’t seem to be a season criminal to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not excusing his actions.

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