R&B star Chris Brown insists he never meant to "insult anyone" by using a homophobic slur as he tried to talk his way out of a parking ticket.
The Kiss Kiss singer avoided a citation after illegally parking his car in Los Angeles recently, but officials at a human rights group reacted angrily after a video emerged of him calling the snappers he accused of alerting the authorities "gay".
After learning his car was about to be ticketed, Brown left a building and told the paparazzi, "Y'all n**gas is weak. Did you all call them to try and film me? Y'all n**gas is gay!"
Bosses at the Human Rights Campaign raged to Tmz.com, "Invoking words meant to demean gay Americans is just plain unacceptable. Chris Brown should know better. He irresponsibly neglected to recognise the impact of his words and the unacceptable message that it sends to couple the word gay with negative actions."
But Brown has attempted to make amends for his language, writing in a post on his Twitter.com page, "I have total respect for (the) gay community and my intention was not to insult anyone in it."