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March 06, 2009|By From Sun news services

Brown charged with 2 felonies in attack

Chris Brown has been charged with two felonies stemming from what a police detective describes as a brutal argument between the singer and his girlfriend, Rihanna.

Brown appeared in court yesterday on charges of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and making criminal threats. The R&B singer, 19, was granted a request for a continuance until April 6. He remains free on $50,000 bail.

According to a detective's affidavit, Brown and Rihanna got into a fight early Feb. 8 after the "Umbrella" singer checked her boyfriend's cell phone and found a text message from another woman.

Brown pulled his car over and tried to push Rihanna out, but she was still wearing her seat belt, Los Angeles police Detective De Shon Andrews wrote. He said Brown pushed Rihanna's head against the window, punched her with his right hand, and then continued driving while hitting her, the affidavit states. He also bit his girlfriend on the ear, the affidavit states.

Brown allegedly threatened to kill Rihanna after she pretended to leave a phone message with her assistant, telling her to have the police waiting at her house.

Williams needs surgery

Robin Williams needs heart surgery and must cancel the remainder of his one-man comedy show, Weapons of Self-Destruction, his publicist said yesterday.

The 57-year-old actor needs an aortic valve replacement, Diane Rosen said in a news release. Williams' representatives would not say when the comedian was admitted to the hospital or where he was.

"I'm so touched by everyone's support and well wishes," Williams said in the statement. "This tour has been amazing fun and I can't wait to get back out on the road after a little tune-up."

Beatles news

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are teaming up to headline a benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 4 for the David Lynch Foundation. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Monday through

In other Beatles news, the group's management said yesterday that a Beatles version of the Rock Band video game will debut Sept. 9. They'll also sell accompanying instruments modeled after the ones used by the band. No word yet on which songs will be included.


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