No big Rihanna issue, say cops

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 27 December 2012

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DID A GERMAN gatecrasher cause Barbadian superstar Rihanna to leave Barbados on Christmas Eve? According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, Rihanna beat a hasty retreat from the island following a “confrontation” with a German man  who wandered onto the  St James property  where she was staying. “Rihanna’s idyllic paradise getaway with family and friends was ruined when a man identified as a German national gatecrashed her relaxing party. The male fan allegedly attempted to make his way inside the star’s house as she spent her day with friends,”  the paper said. It quoted website TMZ as reporting that the man, who was wearing nothing but a pair of swimming trunks, was quickly ushered away by Rihanna’s security team after making his way  into the property. However, the Royal Barbados Police Force said last night there was no actual confrontation and the matter was not a cause for any alarm. “We responded to a report made by her security team where it was reported a man had wandered onto the property where we were told Rihanna was staying and had left. “From our investigations, no one  was harmed or in direct danger,” Inspector David Welch, police public relations officer, told the DAILY NATION. The Daily Mail reported TMZ as stating the matter was a “giant misunderstanding” and that Rihanna, 24, “no longer felt safe in the grounds of the mansion and decided to leave  on Christmas Eve”. Welch said the  police did their duty and cleared the man of any wrongdoing. “Police would have spoken to members of her protection detail about the incident. The man was later seen, interviewed and eventually allowed  to leave,” he said. Rihanna was subsequently photographed spending Christmas Day with Chris Brown as they took in  a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game in the United States. (CA)

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