Today marks the anniversary of an unfortunate time in the lives of Rihanna and Chris Brown. During the early morning hours of February 8th, 2009, Brown assaulted Rihanna following a pre-Grammy party. The incident prevented both artists from attending last year’s ceremony, and thrust the now former couple onto the front page of the tabloids.
What followed next was months of rumors concerning the couple’s relationship and their respective roles in the incident. While it was first reported that they were trying to fix their differences, Rihanna and Brown eventually parted ways. Cameras followed Brown to various court room hearings where he eventually pled guilty to felony assault and received a sentence of five years probation.