Chris Brown Speaks Out
The singer says he’s “sorry” and “saddened.”
More than a week after allegedly violently attacking Rihanna, Chris Brown is finally talking. He’s released his first public statement, expressing sorrow and taking issue with “wrong” media speculation.
Here’s what he has to say:
“Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. 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. Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and/or reported in the media is wrong. While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook, on blogs or any place else. Those posts or writings under my name are frauds.”
I find this flimsy apology infuriating. First off, “what transpired,” Chris, is that you allegedly threatened to kill your girlfriend, brutally beat her and choked her unconscious, according to the New York Post and multiple news outlets, who cited police report accounts.
Secondly, those same sources say Rihanna told police you’ve done it before.
In fact, there has been much speculation about the glittery eye patch she wore last year at the American Music Awards — was it really to cover up a scratched cornea, or was it to cover up damage done by Brown?
So Chris, if you were truly “sorry,” why didn’t you seek counseling or God’s help the first time?
This feels more like you’re sorry you got caught and the whole world is disgusted by you, rather than a true apology based on your behavior.
Over the weekend, rumors circulated that Chris reportedly lashed out at Rihanna via his private Facebook page, partially blaming her for his alleged violence.
According to Mediatakeout.com, the R&B singer changed his relationship status to “single” and posted the following update: “You’ll begin to see her true colors. Believe it!”
The fathers of Chris Brown and Rihanna are also talking to the press, both defending their children.
Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty, tells People magazine he thinks his 20-year-old pop-princess daughter, recovering in Barbados from reported facial bruises, bite marks and lip lacerations, “will be all right.”
Fenty says his daughter’s relationship with Brown is over.
“The relationship is over and I am pleased. She doesn’t want to speak to Chris. She is being very brave about things and said that she will be back on stage performing soon.”
“At some point, she will speak out,” he tells People. “I hope she will stand up for women all over the world.”
Rihanna – please listen to your father on this one. Move on, move up and speak out.
Chris’ father, meanwhile, says his son is “remorseful” and “concerned about the situation.”
Clinton Brown tells People he’s ultimately proud of his son and that there are “two sides to every story.”
Brown says in the interview that his son is a “lovable young man” who’s now at home gathering his thoughts.
Brown further points out that his son, 19, is still a teen. “I think he’s [going to] grow as an individual,” he says. “He’s going to take from this situation and learn from it.”
“This is unfortunate, this stumble,” Brown says. “Hopefully, he will get past it. We all have our shortcomings. We all trip.”
New reports over the weekend allege the assault was far worse than first presumed.
TMZ.com cites an account of an L.A. police report, claiming that Chris screamed, “You are really f- – - ed up now. I’m going to kill you,” while punching Rihanna. Later, E! News has reported, the singer reportedly choked Rihanna until she was unconscious.
According to the New York Post, Chris may have been cheating on Rihanna for months, and their violent argument began when Chris received a “booty text” from another woman while he and Rihanna drove in a rented Lamborghini to a pre-Grammy party.
Chris was arrested on Feb. 8 after turning himself in to police. He was released on $50,000 bail and may face charges as early as this Wednesday or Thursday.
If there’s a silver lining to this incredibly dark cloud, it’s the public attention showering shamefully down on domestic violence.
This weekend, Jay-Z joined a chorus of other celebrities speaking out against abuse in light of the alleged attack. The hip-hop singer and producer struck a gallantly protective tone toward Rihanna.
“I just think we should all support her,” Jay-Z told People during the NBA All-Star Weekend events. “She’s going through a tough time. You have to realize she’s a young girl, as well. She’s very young.”
“You have to have compassion for others. Just imagine it being your sister or mom and then think about how we should talk about that,” he said.
Well put, Jay-Z. It is time we all talk more about that.