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Rihanna and Chris Brown Relationship Timeline

9. Court

What a difference a night makes. By mid-2009, rather than on a stage or on a beach together, Rihanna and Chris Brown were on opposite ends of a courtroom. Brown pled guilty and accepted a plea deal of community service and five years of formal probation and domestic violence counseling. While Brown's remaining fans were supportive, many women's groups were outraged by the lenient sentence.