Oprah Winfrey had a special message for pop singer Rihanna on her show last week. The television mogul spoke about the incident on a recent airing of The Oprah Show and had a few words for the pop princess about her woman beating boyfriend Chris Brown.
Rihanna’s reported reconciliation with Brown after her Feb. 8 pummeling sparked an outpouring of debate, controversy and motherly advice.
“Love doesn’t hurt,” Winfrey said on her show Friday, while announcing she will dedicate a program this week to discussing domestic violence. “I want to do a show about it, dedicated to all the Rihannas of the world.” Speaking directly into the camera, Winfrey said, “If a man hits you once, he will hit you again. He will hit you again.”
Sex crimes expert Linda Fairstein warned Rihanna – as 21-year-old Barbadian singer Robyn Rihanna Fenty is known – that she risks not just another bloodying, but her very life. “Many of the circumstances in her case were like the early warning signs in the O.J. Simpson case,” Fairstein said.
She pointed to several “red flags” that suggest Rihanna could be in the same danger as Nicole Brown Simpson was 15 years ago, getting hit repeatedly but not pressing charges and then reconciling with the former running back. The allegation that Chris Brown choked Rihanna while saying “Now I’m really going to kill you” is a particularly bad sign, Fairstein said.
“Choking behavior is a very interesting factor. It’s hands on, face-to-face. It’s a very intimate type of violence,” she said.