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Chris Brown Apologizes: Is it too late?

Chris Brown Apologizes: Is it too late?

By now many of you may have seen or heard news of Chris Brown’s apology video to his fans for assaulting his pop star girlfriend Rihanna back in February. I’ve watched the video myself, repeatedly actually, trying to find some glimpse of sincerity, but come up empty handed each time.

First, apologizing over five months after the incident occurred is a bit overdue, to say the least. Brown says he didn’t apologize sooner because of legal advice, advice he was given probably because his attorneys didn’t want him apologizing for something they were hoping he wouldn’t have to admit to actually doing. 

Secondly, the video appears completely staged and rehearsed. It’s as if he is reading off cue cards, pausing at the end of different statements for dramatic effect, looking at the camera intently with a furrowed brow. I’m sorry, but if he wanted to release a sincere apology he could have addressed America in a live interview where he could be questioned about his actions on the spot – no script, no cue cards.

The singer also doesn’t clarify what did or did not happen in the video, but instead refers to what happened as the “incident.” Oh you mean that night when you beat up your girlfriend? Oh yea, that “incident.” Come on!

I recognize that Brown experienced domestic violence in his own home growing up and I have no doubt that this experience has impacted him in a way I can never fully understand, but that does not excuse his actions.

What bothers me the most about his apology is that for me it feels like the only reason he released the video is for his own personal gain. Brown has already lost endorsement deals, and with a new album to be released this fall in the works it looks like he is just doing damage control and trying his best to repair his tainted image. A single from the album was rumored by Brown to be released sometime this summer, but we have yet to hear anything. What better time for the singer to release a new single then after releasing his apology video, a video he reportedly leaked to TMZ before making it live on his own site. 

Brown ends his apology video with the following line: 

“I intend to live my life so that I am truly worthy of the term ‘role model.’”

Whether we like it or not Chris Brown is a role model to many. A platinum-selling artist at only 20 years old, Brown’s story of rising to fame at such a young age was unlikely. Along the way he accumulated thousands upon thousands of fans that fell in love his catchy songs and smooth dance moves. Now he has a responsibility to teach these adoring fans that what he did was unacceptable.

This apology is not enough, especially when you are reminded of what happened that night.

Let me remind you ( Read the full affidavit here):

“Brown was driving a vehicle with Robyn F. as the front passenger on an unknown street in Los Angeles. Robyn F. picked up Brown’s cellular phone and observed a three-page text message from a woman who Brown had a previous sexual relationship with.

“A verbal argument ensued and Brown pulled the vehicle over on an unknown street, reached over Robyn F. with his right hand, opened the car door and attempted to force her out. Brown was unable to force Robyn F. out of the vehicle because she was wearing a seat belt. When he could not force her to exit, he took his right hand and shoved her head against the passenger window of the vehicle, causing an approximate one-inch raised circular contusion.

“Robyn F. turned to face Brown and he punched her in the left eye with his right hand. He then drove away in the vehicle and continued to punch her in the face with his right hand while steering the vehicle with his left hand. The assault caused Robyn F.’s mouth to fill with blood and blood to splatter all over her clothing and the interior of the vehicle.

“Brown looked at Robyn F. and stated, ‘I’m going to beat the s–t out of you when we get home! You wait and see!’ ”

The detective said “Robyn F.” then used her cell phone to call her personal assistant Jennifer Rosales, who did not answer.

“Robyn F. pretended to talk to her and stated, ‘I’m on my way home. Make sure the police are there when I get there.’

“After Robyn F. faked the call, Brown looked at her and stated, ‘You just did the stupidest thing ever! Now I’m really going to kill you!’

Brown resumed punching Robyn F. and she interlocked her fingers behind her head and brought her elbows forward to protect her face. She then bent over at the waist, placing her elbows and face near her lap in [an] attempt to protect her face and head from the barrage of punches being levied upon her by Brown.

Brown continued to punch Robyn F. on her left arm and hand, causing her to suffer a contusion on her left triceps (sic) that was approximately two inches in diameter and numerous contusions on her left hand.

“Robyn F. then attempted to send a text message to her other personal assistant, Melissa Ford. Brown snatched the cellular telephone out of her hand and threw it out of the window onto an unknown street.

“Brown continued driving and Robyn F. observed his cellular telephone sitting in his lap. She picked up the cellular telephone with her left hand and before she could make a call he placed her in a head lock with his right hand and continued to drive the vehicle with his left hand”

“Brown pulled Robyn F. close to him and bit her on her left ear. She was able to feel the vehicle swerving from right to left as Brown sped away. He stopped the vehicle in front of 333 North June Street and Robyn F. turned off the car, removed the key from the ignition and sat on it.

“Brown did not know what she did with the key and began punching her in the face and arms. He then placed her in a head lock positioning the front of her throat between his bicep and forearm. Brown began applying pressure to Robyn F.’s left and right carotid arteries, causing her to be unable to breathe and she began to lose consciousness.

“She reached up with her left hand and began attempting to gouge his eyes in an attempt to free herself. Brown bit her left ring and middle fingers and then released her. While Brown continued to punch her, she turned around and placed her back against the passenger door. She brought her knees to her chest, placed her feet against Brown’s body and began pushing him away. Brown continued to punch her on the legs and feet, causing several contusions.

“Robyn F. began screaming for help and Brown exited the vehicle and walked away. A resident in the neighborhood heard Robyn F.’s plea for help and called 911, causing a police response. An investigation was conducted and Robyn F. was issued a Domestic Violence Emergency Protective Order.”

At the end of his statement, Andrews said Brown sent a text message nine days later apologizing.

And now, over 5 months later he releases this staged pathetic attempt at an apology. You didn’t fool me Chris Brown and I have a feeling I’m not alone.

What did you think about his apology?
 

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Photo originally from Daily Mail (UK) - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1201065/Im-sad-ashamed-Ive-Chris-Brown-finally-admits-assaulting-Rihanna.html

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12:14PM PDT on May 23, 2013

Yes it was to late because he isn't sorry, he didn't mean it and why should he since the law did nothing and even she's forgotten.

12:12PM PDT on May 23, 2013

Yes it was to late because he isn't sorry, he didn't mean it and why should he since the law did nothing and even she's forgotten.

3:56AM PDT on Aug 10, 2009

According to testimony of "Robyn" (and her appearance)that was a despicable crime. I think he deserves 20 years incarceration.
Unfortunately there were no witnesses. I don't know if the DA actually charged him. But the way the prison system is a school for crime there really can be no justice. All I can say is
becoming a judge is one of the unfortunate things that a person could choose to do. The worst of it is even through the apology I don't think he is really sorry. In fact he may still be "mad" at her.

3:10AM PDT on Aug 10, 2009

WRIGLEY DROPS CHRIS BROWN: No more Doublemint commercials for singer following guilty plea to assault.
(August 10, 2009)Email to a friend | Print Friendly Buzz up! *Chewing gum makers Wrigley announced on Thursday it had ended an endorsement deal with Chris Brown, due to his guilty plea on charges of assaulting former girlfriend and pop star Rihanna.

Brown had been a spokesman for Doublemint gum and his hit song "Forever" was part of Wrigley's advertising campaign.

Following Brown's February arrest on suspicion of attacking Rihanna in Los Angeles on the eve of the Grammy Awards, Wrigley said it was "concerned" by the allegations against him.

Maintaining that Brown, 20, deserved due legal process, Wrigley said at the time it was suspending its commercial featuring the singer until the matter was "resolved." But with Brown pleading guilty in June to punching Rihanna until she was bloodied and bruised, Wrigley said on Thursday it had "ended" its deal with the singer.

Brown agreed in his plea to serve five years probation and perform 180 days of community service in his home state of Virginia.

Wrigley's disclosure came a day after a judge delayed a sentencing hearing for Brown to make sure his punishment included physical labor such as road cleanup

Plant trees for life..............

1:01AM PDT on Aug 10, 2009

Well, I've just read the full story and I have to say I simply cannot believe this man is still walking the streets.

He beat this woman to within an inch of her life, half-strangled her, made several death threat and tried to throw her out of a moving vehicle. If that's not attempted murder, what the hell is?!

This woman needs to get a clue and get out of there before he loses his temper again. Next time there may not be anyone to come to her aid. Once a beater always a beater.

Having watched his blatantly staged "apology" it looks about as sincere as Michael Vick's did >.>

"I'm sorry (that I got caught, I'll be more careful next time when and where I pummel my girl)"

This man is lower than scum.

9:59PM PDT on Aug 7, 2009

Funny, I knew a few wife beaters of my own, including one who was arrested from my building a few months ago. They always say they're sorry when it happens, and I have no doubt that they mean it... but it doesn't stop them from doing it again.

Based on what I've witnessed, the habit is little different from drug addiction; you want to stop but you can't, not on your own unaided willpower. With outside help, on the other hand, it IS possible... although it will take alot of work, including a complete change of lifestyle.

In Brown's case, I would recommend a mentor with at least two black belts, maybe even three... someone strong enough to physically restrain him yet disciplined enough not to succumb to the urge himself. The mentor would also have to be available 24/7, especially during the first six months of Brown's recovery, which are the hardest for any addict.

If Brown's willing to go through that to get well again, I sincerely wish him luck... although he might have to give up the hip-hop. I wouldn't have any regrets about that because I never liked hip-hop music.

6:54PM PDT on Aug 6, 2009

Contance......Amen & good for you!!

When I first got married in the stone age my new stone age husband slapped me across the face & I packed my pots & pans & left.

When my/our daughter was born I went back to the idiot only because I had no where else to go. Six months later he beat our daughter! And, that was the end of that marriage. I left & have never regreted it for a moment. He remarried & she left him. And then he found a 3rd new love last I heard.

These kind of men never never learn......NEVER!!

Plant trees for life...................

6:34PM PDT on Aug 6, 2009

At one time in my life, I was a victim of spousal abuse and the guy it doing was a cop. A Federal Protective Service cop. For six years he raped, beat, isolated me from my family. And then I got very angry. Not only did I wipe the walls of the courtroom with his sorry butt (even though he would not leave his the other state that he ran to to avoid prosecution), but I reached across the miles of this country and I nailed him for everything he had or would ever have. And now....he is dead. He was murdered by his third wife with a six inch steak knife in the heart. When he died, he owed me well over one million dollars, but one might say that the precedent that I set all those years ago was well worth every penny. The term "I'm sorry" simply is not acceptable. It will only serve to enable it to continue and that cannot be allowed by the judicial system and it is not acceptable behavior in todays society.

7:56AM PDT on Aug 3, 2009

For all of you that think you can relate, or that to prove that you are a good person, we should forgive and help him, WAKE UP. He is damaged and like flat tire, you can repair it, but it is inferior to a new one. This man can get counseling, so called rehabilitation, whatever, but he is still at the core an abuser. Like vinegar and baking powder, when the two meet again, it will erupt and over flow. When will he erupt again.

2:27AM PDT on Aug 3, 2009

Hello Sandra
I fully agree with that VIOLENCE in Society should NOT and MUST NEVER be tolerated for one moment as part of 'normal' life ! I agree with you even more strongly that the 'criminal-justice' system as it has operated up to now, has always benefited the male of the 'Human Species' whether perpetrators or victims of what I WOULD CALL "INVOLUNTARY MAN-SLAUGHTER" with mitigating circumstances ! I fail to see how those sitting 'in judgement' over women accused of homicide reacting to acts that could lead to her own death or at the very least physical and/or mental disability could see it otherwise !
I would still, however, NEVER impose severe custodial sentence on a 24-year - old (presumably 'first' offender) young adult, who , I would hope still have a potential of being rehabilitated into a useful, productive, member of society. VIOLENCE begats VIOLENCE, whether it starts in the WOMB, after birth or is delivered by civil society itself in the form of 'VENGEFUL' and NOT REMEDIAL management The job of the STATE is NOT TO RETALIATE but to MEDIATE, REMEDY, CORRECT and IMPOSE ORDER, in the place of DISORDER and ANARCHY ! A vengeful parent to his or her growing up children, for example will be bound to "REAP THE SEEDS OF THAT VENGEFULNESS' some day ! Women should NEVER take the law into their own hands, but personally I WOULD BE LOATHE to send anyone of them "down for 25 years" for involuntary, spur of the moment, self-defence homicide

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