Apologetic Brown Asks For Fans' Forgiveness For Rihanna Assault
CHRIS BROWN has begged for his fans' forgiveness in a video apology in which he expresses his "deepest regret" for the February (09) fight with ex-girlfriend RIHANNA.
Brown pleaded guilty to hitting Rihanna in June (09) and was sentenced to five years supervised probation and community service. He was also ordered to stay away from the Umbrella hitmaker.
The fallen Kiss Kiss star has remained tight-lipped about the widely-reported 8 February (09) incident since his arrest, but now he's addressed his conviction in a video to his fans, which has been posted on TMZ.com.
In the two minute tape, he says, "Hi, I'm Chris Brown. Since February my attorney has advised me not to speak out, even though ever since the incident I wanted to publicly express my deepest regret and accept full responsibility. Although I will do some interviews and answer questions in the future, I felt it was time that you heard directly from me that I'm sorry."
Brown admits he is "very ashamed" of his "inexcusable" actions and wishes he could go back in time to correct his mistakes: "I have tried to live my life in a way that would make those around me proud of me, and until recently I think I was doing a pretty good job.
"I wish I had the chance to live those few moments again but unfortunately I can't. I can't go into what happened but most important (sic) I'm not gonna sit here and make any excuses. I take great pride in being able to exercise self control but what I did was inexcusable. I am very sad and very ashamed at what I've done.
"My mothers and my spiritual teachers have taught me way better than that. I have told Rihanna countless times and I'm telling you today that I'm truly, truly sorry that I wasn't able to handle the situation both differently and better.
"I recognise that I've truly been blessed; blessed with a wonderful family, wonderful friends and fans. God has been generous in giving me the ability which has brought me fame and fortune. I've done a lot of soul searching over the past several months, I've talked with my minister and my mother, and I've spent a lot of time trying to understand what happened and why. I have let a lot of people down and I realise that. And no one is more disappointed in me than I am."
Brown also regrets that his actions on that fateful night led to comparisons to his own father, who he's previously revealed abused his mother - and he's undergoing counselling to help overcome his anger problem.
He adds: "As many of you know, I grew up in a home where there was domestic violence and I saw first hand what uncontrolled rage could do. I have sought and am continuing to seek help to ensure that what occured in February can never happen again and as I sit here today, I can tell you that I will do everything in my power to make sure that it never happens again and I promise that.
"What I did was unacceptable, 100 per cent. I can only ask and pray that you forgive me, please. I hope that others learn from my mistake. I intend to live my life so that I am truly worthy of the term role model. Thank you."