Nothing like a bunch of grade-school caliber rumors to put a grown woman on the defensive.
Chris Brown's manager, Tina Davis, who was rumored to be the woman whose text message played a role in the Feb. 8 altercation between Brown and Rihanna, has flat-out denied, via her attorney, ever having had a romantic relationship with the R&B star.
"The relationship between Ms. Davis and Mr. Brown is that of manager and client," declared attorney Marshall B. Grossman in a written statement issued Wednesday.
"There has never been any other relationship. The rumors in circulation are false. There are no emails between Ms. Davis and Mr. Brown of the type which have been described in media reports. If the source of the false rumors is identified, legal action will be taken. Given the nature of the legal issues affecting Mr. Brown, Ms. Davis will not be making any further statements."
An affidavit filed by a Los Angeles police detective on Brown's case states that, before their fight turned violent, Rihanna "picked up Brown's cellular telephone and observed a three page text message from a woman who Brown had a previous sexual relationship with."
The messenger went unnamed in the official documents, but the identity could potentially come out—authorities have subpoenaed phone records—if Brown is unable to work out a plea deal and the case progresses.
Brown has been charged with felony counts of making a criminal threat, for allegedly telling Rihanna that he was going to kill her, and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, both felonies. His arraignment is set for April 6.
Yesterday, Davis' father called the latest round of speculation that his daughter is having a romantic relationship with Brown nothing but "old rumors."
"They were saying that before," George Davis told E! News Tuesday when contacted at his Vallejo, Calif., home. "Those are old rumors."
Brown and Davis were first supposedly hooking up in 2005, when the "Run It" singer was 16—a supposition that was immediately shot down by Brown's camp.
"Chris Brown and his manager, Tina Davis, have a strictly professional relationship," a rep for Brown said in a statement to Vibe magazine in November 2007, responding to rumors that they had been romantically involved for two years.
"Ms. Davis has been instrumental in helping Chris achieve success as a multi-talented singer/dancer/actor. Rumors that the relationship goes beyond a working one, are not only patently false; they diminish her efforts and his undeniable talents."
—Additional reporting by Whitney English
(Originally published March 10, 2009 at 4:38 p.m. PT)