Chris Brown loses Wrigley deal, leaves L.A. on private jet
Last week, Olympic gold-winner swimmer Michael Phelps lost his Kellogg's endorsement and was suspended for three months from competition by USA Swimming after his public apology for smoking pot at a college party.
This week, it's Chris Brown who is learning there are repercussions to running afoul of the law.
Wrigley has now suspended all advertisements featuring Chris Brown, the R&B star who was arrested and charged with the alleged domestic assault of his girlfriend, singer Rihanna, early Sunday morning following Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party.
Wrigley also canceled the popular commercial that played during the Grammys, which was to have featured performances by Rihanna and Chris Brown.
A company spokesperson told Us Weekly:
"Wrigley is concerned by the serious allegations made against Chris Brown. We believe Mr. Brown should be afforded the same due process as any citizen. However, we have made the decision to suspend the current advertising featuring Brown and any related marketing communications until the matter is resolved."
Rihanna, who has bruises and a scratch on her face, has had to postpone a concert in Malaysia this week on her "Good Girl Gone Bad" tour.
Rihanna's reps alerted Malaysia's Pineapple Concerts that a Friday show would have to be rescheduled to an unspecified date "in light of recent events involving Rihanna," Pineapple Concerts told Associated Press.
Where are Rihanna and Chris Brown now? Us says Rihanna intends to go home to Barbados to be with family, and reports are that Brown boarded a private plane leaving L.A. on Monday. No word on where he went.
He has also pulled out of Saturday's NBA All-Star Weekend.
Brown is due in court March 5. Attorney Mark Geragos has been hired as his lawyer. This is the guy defended Winona Ryder for shoplifting and Michael Jackson for alleged child molestation.
What do you think? Is it about time celebrities behaving badly suffered consequences for their actions? Given that they usually seem to skate in the courts, Is losing money the only to teach them a lesson?
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Photo: Chris Brown and Rihanna in the audience at the MTV Awards.