According to Chris Brown's probation report (see below) revealed in court at his criminal sentencing yesterday, the R&B figure had a history of domestic violence incidents with his former girlfriend Rihanna, even before he pummeled and threatened to kill her while driving a rented Lamborghini in residential area of Los Angeles while on their way to the Grammy Awards in February this year.
Judge Patricia Schnegg sentenced Brown yesterday to five years of probation after he pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault in June, fewer felony charges than those that were originally filed against him by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.
Brown's probation report confirms what the New York Daily News first reported in March this year: that the former couple had a physical altercation in Europe three months before the Grammy Awards-night incident, and another incident in Barbados in January 2009.
The probation report states that the incident in Europe was "a verbal dispute" where "[Rihanna] slapped [Brown]. He responded by shoving her into a wall."
That incident went unreported.
According to the probation officer, the second incident took place in Barbados where Brown and Rihanna:
"were driving a Range Rover loaned to them by a local dealership. They had an argument inside the car. The Defendant [Brown] exited and broke the front driver and passenger side windows of the car. No one was injured during the incident. The vehicle was repaired and the incident was not reported."
Letters submitted as character references to the Los Angeles County Probation Department portrayed Brown as:
Here is more on Brown's sentencing yesterday: