VIDEO: Rihanna Recounts 2009 Chris Brown Assault to Oprah Winfrey

It was the assault the rocked the music industry and shocked fans—Chris Brown beating his then girlfriend Rihanna during a fight in a rented car the night before the Grammy’s.

And now, Rihanna is describing her state-of-mind in the aftermath of that assault on Oprah’s Next Chapter, Winfrey’s cable television show.

Vulnerable and teary-eyed, Rihanna confessed the loss of her best friend that night, and her difficulty coming to terms with the abrupt change in her life with the media circus surrounding it.

Revealing that she actually felt protective of her attacker in the aftermath of that night may shock her fans, but it’s a brutal truth she’s finally willing to admit. See the video below for an excerpt from the interview which airs this Sunday, August 19, at 9/8c..

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