Rihanna accused of "sanctioning" violence after defending Chris Brown

Rihanna accused of 'sanctioning' violence after defending Chris Brown

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14:40 GMT, 19 August 2012

Rihanna has been accused of sending out a dangerous message to other victims of domestic violence after admitting she still 'misses' her ex-boyfriend who was charged with assaulting her three years ago.

Rihanna's turbulent two-year relationship with rapper Chris Brown ended after he attacked her on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.

But in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, due to be broadcast in the U.S. tonight, the Bajan beauty says Brown 'made a mistake' and 'needed help' adding that she misses him.

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'I lost my best friend': In the previously-released clip, Rihanna was seen breaking down as she defended the hip-hop star and said she 'was more concerned about him' after the brutal attack

One-on-one: In the just-released teaser for Rihanna's August 19 interview with Oprah Winfrey, she admits that she 'misses' Chris Brown and describes her ideal man

Spilling her guts: While producers are saving the rest of the juicy details for this Sunday's episode, Rihanna managed to 'shock' the talk show queen

Spilling
her guts: While producers are saving the rest of the juicy details for
this Sunday's episode, Rihanna managed to 'shock' the talk show queen

Charities have criticised the comments claiming they could reduce the seriousness of abusive relationships.

Vivienne Hayes, chief executive of the Women's Resource Centre, told The
Independent: 'Rihanna's case demonstrates the emotional complexities
felt by women locked in abusive relationships.

'Whatever the nature of
the argument, [Brown] chose to beat her up. And we need to stop society
allowing us to normalise such behaviour.'

Rihanna has admitted she
'was more concerned about' her 'best friend' Chris Brown after the
singer's vicious attack on her three years ago.

Rihanna spends the day walking around Monaco in a blue and white sarong

Cry for help: The chart topper admitted that she had 'felt protective' of Chris Brown following the 2009 beating

Cry for help: The chart topper admitted that she had 'felt protective' of Chris Brown following the 2009 beating

The pop star revealed: 'I'm
reminded by a lot of things. A
lot of good memories we had. /08/19/article-2190137-0396E5F8000005DC-81_306x400.jpg” width=”306″ height=”400″ alt=”Cry for help Rihanna pictured after she was beaten by Chris Brown ahead of the Grammys in 2009 and right tearful on Oprah's show” class=”blkBorder” />

'I lost my best friend': In the previously-released clip, Rihanna was seen breaking down

Cry for help Rihanna pictured after she was beaten by Chris Brown ahead of the Grammy Awards in 2009 and right tearful on Oprah's show

It is believed the violent row erupted over the artists' alleged relationships with Rihanna.

The Talk That Talk star is also
said to have dated Shia LaBeouf, Josh Hartnett, and Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt
Kemp, but she shared with Oprah the qualities she's yet to find in her ideal man.

'If I had it my way I want a man that
loves me, cherishes me, values me, but they have to know my value in
order to value me,' she said.

'They have to know my worth and they can only know my worth if I know my worth. I want them to respect me.'

Still fixated: In the clip, the 58-year-old presenter revealed the Umbrella singer 'talks a lot, a lot, a lot about you know who, Mr. Chris Brown'

Still
fixated: In the clip, the 58-year-old presenter revealed the Umbrella
singer 'talks a lot, a lot, a lot about you know who, Mr. Chris Brown'

Rihanna continued: 'But I want fun
times! I want fun, fun times. I want laughs. I want laughs more than
everything. I have everything else, all I want is a partner in crime to
enjoy it with me.'

Speaking to camera in the preview,
Oprah said: 'I went there with my own ideas about who she was from
watching her videos and listening to her music.

'I thought she was gonna be kind of a
bada**, a kind of hard edged, rocker, pop woman. Nothing could have
been farther from the truth.'

But the provocative singer admitted: 'I am super duper terrified of the
pedestal that comes with fame… It's amazing how lonely you can feel.'

Rihanna's interview with Oprah is scheduled to air tonight in the US on OWN.

Hometown girl: Rihanna hit the beach last week to shoot a campaign as the Face Of Barbados as part of a three-year contract with their Tourist Authority to promote her home island

Hometown girl: Rihanna hit the beach last week to shoot a campaign as the Face Of Barbados as part of a three-year contract with their Tourist Authority to promote her home island

Hometown girl: Rihanna hit the beach last week
to shoot a campaign as the Face Of Barbados as part of a three-year
contract with their Tourist Authority to promote her home island