JESSICA ALBA SPEAKS ON RIHANNA

Hollywood stars Jessica Alba and Kerry Washington are singing into the debate surrounding pop star Chris Brown's alleged fight with girlfriend Rihanna. The actresses hope the incident will help raise awareness of domestic abuse problems. Brown and Rihanna were reportedly involved in a dispute last Sunday night which allegedly left the Rihanna needing hospital treatment. Brown subsequently turned himself over to police and was charged with making criminal threats. Alba and Washington were guests at the V-Day luncheon in Los Angeles California on Friday, which aims to stop violence against women. And speaking at the event, Alba insisted that although the incident is regrettable, she hopes the high profile case will help highlight the issues facing women all over the world. She says, "When things happen publicly, it just makes it a more universal problem that more people can relate to." Washington adds, "(Violence against women) is a social illness that does not discriminate. "This is a problem that spreads from the Congo to Hollywood. When it happens to someone famous, it’s a tragedy that it happened, but what I hope is that people become less and less afraid to talk about how truly devastating this social illness is."