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March 03, 2009
Hollywood Rallies around Rihanna
From Rihanna's mentor Jay-Z to actress Hilary Duff, Tinseltown is coming to the defense of pop star Rihanna, after it was reported she was taking back her allegedly abusive beau, Chris Brown.
According to Us Weekly, Jay-Z and his Beyoncé have reached out to the young "Umbrella" singer, who is Jay's protégé. The hip-hop king is also reportedly trying to set up a meeting between Rihanna and abuse survivor Tina Turner.
In Las Vegas, Hilary Duff sent Rihanna a message via "Extra" at the Power of Love Gala. "I wish her all the best," says Duff, "and want to let girls out there know that it's never okay to be treated like that."
Veteran actor Victor Rivers -- author of "A Private Family Matter" -- told "Extra" he suffered abuse at the hands of his father, and he believes the R&B couple needs to get help. "Chris and Rihanna need professional help. I know because I've been through it... unless there's some type of accountability, it will continue to happen."
Rihanna took Brown back, but will it help his tarnished reputation? Nationally syndicated radio host Big Boy revealed that he's not sure Chris can repair his image. "When you see something like this -- I don't know where he can go from here."