Rihanna & Eminem Play with Fire in Shocking New Video

08/06/2010 at 09:05 AM EDT

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Tackling a subject she knows all too well, Rihanna takes on domestic violence by being featured in an Eminem video starring Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan as a couple stuck in a cycle of fighting, drinking, shoplifting and pyromania.

In the video, Rihanna, 22, sings outside a house that bursts into flames while a couple – Fox and Monaghan – alternately physically abuse and kiss each other. In a field of yellow grass, meanwhile, Eminem raps in his signature undershirt (yes, a "wifebeater").

As the song progresses, the couple go to a bar, play manipulative emotional games, beat the tar out of a rival for Fox's affections, steal booze, and then take the boxing match back to their home, which is one of several things that spontaneously combust, presumably a metaphor for the emotional trauma the characters are suffering.





"[Director] Joseph [Kahn] and I worked pretty closely together to make sure we got this right," said Eminem, 37. "Trying to make this tough subject work visually is a challenge. It was great to have Rihanna, Megan and Dominic on board for this. They really brought it and made this video super-powerful."

Fox, 24, donated the money she would have received for the video to a Sojourn House, a shelter for abused women.

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