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Two years ago, singer Chris Brown assaulted then girlfriend Rihanna while the two were en route to the Grammys. Fast forward to today: Rihanna, 22, is at the top of her game with six Grammy nominations, and is getting ready to perform at the 2011 ceremony. And according to E!, she's also softening the restraining order against her ex-boyfriend.
The "S&M" singer has reportedly agreed to drop her restraining order to level one, meaning that she and Brown can legally be in the same room again, and even talk to one another. However, Brown is not allowed to "annoy, molest or harass her" or he'll be in violation of the law. In January, Brown's lawyer requested that the restraining order be reduced, saying that it could be a "problem with awards shows."
But even if the restraining order is reduced -- Brown has to first go to court so a judge can officially modify the order -- Brown and Rihanna won't come face-to-face for the first time at the Grammys. Although Brown has three nominations, he has declared that he won't be attending the February 13 ceremony due to a prior commitment. We're sure Rihanna is grateful for that; the last thing she needs is to confront her abusive ex with a swarm of paparazzi documenting every second.
As for Rihanna, she's still urging her fans to move past the abuse and concentrate on her career success instead. In response to an irate Twitter follower who criticized her Thursday for easing the restraining order, the pop star twittered: "I would've sworn he beat YOUR a**, just by how upset you are! My fans don't care about a restraining order and neither do I!"
We understand that Rihanna wants to get past that ugly moment in her life, but her horrified fans will never forget what happened. And the best way for her to get past it is to never let it happen again.
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