Two years ago, pop singer Rihanna and her then-boyfriend Chris Brown did not show up at the Grammy Awards despite prior confirmation that both would be in attendance. At the time, no one knew why. It was soon reported that an incident of domestic violence had kept the couple away from the show, and in the days and weeks that followed, a leaked photo of Rihanna's cut and bruised face confirmed the allegations that she had been the victim of abuse at the hands of her boyfriend.

Brown was prosecuted and was ultimately sentenced to 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and 1400 hours of community service. In addition, Rihanna took out a restraining order against her former boyfriend, requiring that he stay several hundred feet away from her at all times. Brown has been dedicated to rehabilitating both his image and his life, and has reportedly completed the entire counseling requirement and almost half of the community service hours.

In a check-in with his California judge late last month, Brown's attorney reported on his progress and asked that the restraining order against his client be lifted. The attorney claimed that the order hindered his client's career, prohibiting him from attending any awards show at which Rihanna was also in attendance such as this year's Grammys, when Brown was nominated for three awards (he did not attend due to a scheduling conflict).

Upon learning of the request, Rihanna allegedly consented, requesting that the restraining order be dropped to a level one. This means that the parties can have contact as long as Brown does not annoy, harass or molest Rihanna. The change will become effective when Brown's attorney has the order modified by a California judge.

Source: Huffington Post, "Rihanna Wants Chris Brown Restraining Order Eased", 11 February 2011