Chris Brown Apologizes for Incident, Denies Some Reports

lunes, 16 de febrero de 2009 |

R&B singer Chris Brown, who was detained by police last weekend on suspicion of assaulting a woman widely believed to be his pop star girlfriend Rihanna, explained on Sunday that he was “sorry and saddened” with regard to the incident, and that he was seeking counseling.

The 19-year-old popular performer best known for chart-topping hits like “Forever” and “Run It!” had not issued any statement related to the alleged attack until yesterday. Chris Brown surrendered to Los Angeles police on February 8, but was subsequently released on $50,000 bail after being booked for a domestic violence investigation. Although he was suspected of making a criminal threat, which is a felony, he has not been charged by the district attorney’s office, as the case is still being looked into.

The arrest reportedly followed a not very peaceful argument with 20-year-old Rihanna soon after the couple left a pre-Grammy Awards party. The row initially took place in a Lamborghini the singer had rented and continued outside the vehicle, where several people witnessed the alleged fracas.

The artist hired a public relations company that dedicates to crisis management to release a five-sentence statement in which he explains that media reports have made wrong deductions. “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired,” the statement read. “I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.”

Chris Brown did not mention his father in the release, although Clinton Brown was quoted by People on Friday as saying that his son was “very remorseful” and “concerned about the situation.” In addition, the singer’s dad told the publication that his son needed some time on his own “to get his thoughts together” and that he cared about Rihanna’s condition.

In spite of the fact that authorities have not officially revealed the name of the assault’s victim, unidentified police sources told various media outlets that Rihanna had been bruised in the attack, while numerous blogs and publications have issued reports in which they offered the same information.

Chris Brown, however, wrote in the statement that “the media is wrong.” Moreover, he said that he would like to disclose more details, but that he was unable to do so until “the legal issues are solved.” The star warned his fans not to take into consideration blog posts bearing his signature because “those posts or writings under my name are frauds.”

Many showbiz figures defended both Chris Brown and Rihanna, explaining that the couple needs support during this phase of their relationship. Rapper Jay-Z told People magazine that Rihanna, whom he helped launch a career in music, is going through a harsh period and that she is “very young” to cope with the situation. The hip-hop singer stood up for Rihanna in an attempt to urge media to take it easy on his pal.


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