Rihanna steps out for dinner in Manhattan (July 27th 2009)

Rihanna and a friend were spotted as they stepped out to have dinner in Downtown Manhattan Monday (Jul 27). Does she know she has a … thing perched on top of her head? Please don’t tell us she did that intentionally. That sh*t is ugly!

In related news, a friend reached out to NY Daily News to dispel any rumors of her hooking up with Chris Brown after they reportedly checked into the same hotel this past weekend:

“Ri didn’t even know Chris was going to be in town, much less that he was in the same hotel,” a pal says of the songbird, who had checked into the Trump International Hotel & Tower on Columbus Circle. “As for whether they’re sneaking around together, she’s not dumb – she would never mess around with him again.”

A friend of Brown’s confirms, “Chris is taking the court orders [to not get within 50 yards of his ex] seriously. He has called Rihanna since discovering they were staying in such close proximity, but he has definitely not tried to see her.”

In fact, Brown has since checked out of the Trump hotel, but he will still remain in New York for work: This week, he’ll shoot the music video for “Stronger,” his collaboration with Mary J. Blige. As for Rihanna, she’s currently in the studio with mentor Jay-Z and pal Kanye West working on her upcoming album.

So there you have it…

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