His arraignment has been postponed until April 2009 while he remains free on bail.
Statistics say about one in three high school students have been—or will be—involved in an abusive relationship.
"I'd start complaining to my friends, and they're like: 'Well, he's fine, girl. Everything's fine.'"Although she was one of the top 10 models in the world at the time, she says her self-esteem sunk lower and lower. At one point, she says she turned to her mother for help. She influenced people at school and also in her neighborhood.
"I stayed because I felt like if I left and he didn't change and didn't treat me how I felt I deserved to be treated, I was a failure," she says. You know, if she [had] seen you looking sad, she would come ask you what's wrong and make sure you're okay." On March 1, 2009, police say the 18-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, was gunned down by her ex-boyfriend.
Weeks later, rumors of their reconciliation were reported.
On March 5, 2009, Chris appeared in court, charged with two counts of felony assault."When she came to [cheerleading] practice, her personality overcame all of that," Charli says."She was just herself." Keisha, Charney's friend since the eighth grade, says Charney's boyfriend used to come to all of her games.Charney's ex-boyfriend Gary Daniel has been charged with her murder and has not yet entered a plea.Her friends say they saw no signs that she was in an abusive relationship.Once, she says he pinned her down with such force, she could barely make a sound."Every time I would scream, it would get weaker and weaker," she says. He said, '' If you scream again, I'm going to kill you.'" Brittany and her parents, Ken and Darlene, are Skyping in from their home because Brittany isn't able to travel.It's the story that has brought dating violence into the national spotlight.On February 8, 2009, police responded to a 911 call alleging domestic violence between singers Chris Brown and Rihanna."The message this story sends to teen girls and boys everywhere is disturbing, and it is also dangerous," Oprah says. use this as a moment to allow our society to begin to grow." Oprah believes this story can be a teaching moment for every teen and parent. "And if a man hits you once, he will hit you again." Over the past few years, talk show host Tyra Banks has interviewed both Chris and Rihanna."Rihanna told me her parents used to argue so intensely, she used to get these headaches, these migraines that were almost not even treatable with medicine," Tyra says.