A week after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna, Chris Brown has broke his silence to apologize, issuing the statement below:
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.
He does however, say that many of the reports about the incident are incorrect, though he doesn't elaborate much. (Herpes rumor, anyone? Yeah, that's probably one he's referring to.) He did though, address reports on a Facebook account that are not true. Last week bloggers circulated screen shots on the internet of a fake Chris Brown Facebook account that included a status message that insinuated Chris Brown blaimed Rihanna.
Many people are saying his alleged assault on Rihanna will ruin Chris Brown's career. I disagree. If he follows the right steps and has a good PR team to direct him, he will get through this. All Chris needs to do is apologize and publicly show he is taking steps to change himself. This includes turning to the media (Ophrah, anyone?) to say he is sorry and encourage people in domestic violence situations (victims and abusers) to get help. Then, Chris should volunteer for some sort or domestic violence organization. To up the ante, he could even discuss his past, mentioning his stepfather's abuse on his mom, and how the domestic violence cycle affected him.
The American public is very forgiving (as long as you don't pull a Michael Jackson). Not to mention, we all know that celebrities get away with anything and everything.
If he admits he's guilty of assaulting Rihanna and apologizes, will you forgive Chris Brown?