Rapper Jay-Z discovered Rihanna in 2004 -- and now the hip-hop mogul is breaking his silence on reports that his protégé has been the victim of abuse at the hands of her R&B beau, Chris Brown.
"This is a real situation," Jay-Z tells Hollyscoop.com. "You have to have compassion for others. Just imagine it being your sister or mom and then think about how we should talk about that." The rapper didn't comment on the allegations against Brown, but rather voiced his support for the "Disturbia" singer. "I just think we should all support her. She's going through a tough time. You have to realize she's a young girl, as well. She's very young."
The father of her Barbados-born singer, Ronald Fenty, has also helped shed a little light on the reported altercation -- and what went down. "She's doing okay," he revealed to Us Weekly. "She has support from both sides of the family, and I think she'll come out and represent women and be a heroine. In the end, she'll speak out."
While Fenty refused to divulge where his daughter was, he confirmed that he hadn't seen Rihanna since the alleged attack. "No, I haven't seen her. I haven't seen her bruises."
Rihanna's father then turned his attention to 19-year-old Brown, who was arrested for making felony criminal threats but has yet to be charged by the district attorney. "I was really shocked because he's such a talented person. He's a little immature, yeah."
He added, "I hope he learned his lesson, and that this will never happen to another woman."