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Russell Simmons defends that poor, sad, innocent, suffering Chris Brown

Cr Russell Simmons has opened his mighty tone-deaf mouth once again and put his foot right in it. The subject: Chris Brown. The gist: Everybody stop picking on Chris Brown. The logic: Because Chris Brown is an innocent young foal of a man being destroyed by fame, which, as everybody knows, is a ruthless, crushing prison dressed up as a life of privilege and riches.

Church! Brown’s straits have grown so dire that he’s had to part with his publicist. His publicist! Cripes, will Brown’s suffering never end? It’s almost as if someone grabbed Brown by the back of his neck and beat him with the dashboard of a rented Lamborghini!

The Simmons essay -- in the same way that a high school book report is technically an essay -- is just too rich to paraphrase. We’re going to have to parse this poetry. Here are some of our favorite excerpts:

"Chris is suffering from the same thing as almost every young star has gone through, including the Disney kids."

Absolutely. Because everybody remembers that time that Nick Jonas trashed the "Good Morning America" green room. Sorry, Russell. Please. Do continue.

"And because of that one regretful incident, no one will give him a break."

Right. That incident where he beat up Rihanna. Or maybe it was the incident where Brown referred to said beating as a “mishap.” Or maybe it was the incident when Brown made homophobic slurs on Twitter. Or maybe it was that incident where all the PAs at GMA had to dash for cover from the flying slivers of Brown-borne shrapnel. Because that one incident should not haunt a young man for the rest of his days.

"Chris Brown is suffering."

Well, yeah. Have you ever had your hair bleached? Hurts your scalp like a mother.

"I am troubled by the people, critics and members of the media who drag Chris away from his art. His freedom is deeply rooted in his artistic expression. It is during those seconds of stillness when you're dancing that the Christ/Buddha/Allah/Moses inside of you is awakened and comes to power."

Yeah, absolutely, like that time when -- wait, what?

"Coming back home is a very difficult thing. Coming back to being normal, coming back to that pure place of artistry."

You sure, Russell? Because the cracks that Brown left in the windows at the ABC TV studios are absolutely gorgeous. They’re like Jackson Pollock meets Banksy. Art is still alive and well within Chris. Promise.

"My heart and office door is always open to him."

Hey, that’s terrific. I just hope your office doesn’t have any windows.

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Photo: Chris Brown, left, and Russell Simmons attend the "F.A.M.E." album release dinner in New York City. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images


Chris Brown: No charges, a nice dinner, strong album sales and an invite back to 'GMA' [Video]

Chris Brown at the release dinner party for his new album, "F.A.M.E."

News of Chris Brown's outburst Tuesday after his "Good Morning America" appearance surprised anchor Robin Roberts, she said Wednesday, noting that they'd invited the singer to return on the show. The network reportedly will not press charges related to damage done backstage.

"You saw me laughing during the interview," Roberts said, "because when he was doing that I thought he was joking about some things because of the easy relationship that we have, and I'm glad that we've extended an invitation, we'd love to have him back, and that he's seriously considering that."

Roberts had interviewed Breezy previously for "20/20" in late 2009. She said that before the interview she'd talked with Brown about areas they might cover, including the recent relaxing of a court order that he stay away from Rihanna. A since-deleted Twitter message indicated that he was upset by a focus in the interview on the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend.

The New York Police Department won't investigate the backstage incident because there is no complaining witness, law enforcement sources told TMZ. That's good news for the singer, who risks jail if he violates the terms of his probation.

So what happened after the singer's "Yeah 3X" performance? (See the video below.)

"At one point, a cooler was thrown, and this window was broken in his dressing room," reporter Andrea Canning told Roberts on Wednesday, not specicially accusing Brown but saying that he had "stormed backstage" with his team. "At that point, he left the building with his shirt off."

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Chris Brown tweets about 'Good Morning America' outburst

Chris Brown on Good Morning America Chris Brown allegedly stormed off stage and shattered a window in his dressing room after a "Good Morning America" interview with Robin Roberts, who continued to question the singer about the criminal case involving his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

"What's going on now is recently the restraining order has been relaxed," Roberts said in the interview, referring to the order placed on Brown after the 2009 altercation that left his then-girlfriend bloody and bruised. "Have you all seen each other, been around each other?"

"I mean, not really," Brown said. "It's not really a big deal to me now as far as that situation. I think I'm past that in my life. I think today's the album day so that's what I'm focused on. So, everybody go get that album."

The singer's album "F.A.M.E." went on sale Tuesday and Brown, showing off bleached-blond hair and tattoo sleeves on both arms, told Roberts that the acronym stood for "forgive all my enemies" -- which prompted her to bring up the Rihanna issue again. "It was very serious what you went through ... how have you been able to put that ..."

"I've been focusing on this album," Brown responded, cutting her off. "I think this album is what I want people to hear and really get into. So definitely this album is what I [want] them to talk about, not the stuff that happened two years ago."

After the 21-year-old performed his new single, "Yeah 3x," he reportedly stormed off the stage.

"Once backstage, according to insiders, Brown stormed into his dressing room and started screaming and tearing the room apart," ABC reported. "Workers in the building called security. Before they arrived, insiders say Brown smashed a window in his dressing room, with the glass shattering and falling onto 43rd and Broadway."

"I'm so over people bringing this ... up!!!" Brown tweeted at 9:49 a.m. EDT, "Yet we praise Charlie
Sheen
and other celebs for there [behavior]." But the tweet was quickly removed. 

Perhaps the image makeover stopped at the hair and tats?

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Photo: Chris Brown on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday. Credit: Ida Mae Brown / ABC / Reuters


Chris Brown can be near Rihanna again, if he doesn't annoy her

Chris Brown stay-away order is lifted Chris Brown can legally speak with Rihanna again, as long as he doesn't harass or annoy her, now that the court order keeping him 50 yards from her has been downgraded from "stay away" to "do not annoy."

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg on Tuesday made changes to the five-year protective order that had been put in place after Brown pleaded guilty in 2009 to felony assault on Rihanna. In January, after Brown  completed a 52-week domestic-violence education program, attorney Mark Geragos asked the court to consider loosening the restrictions.

Rihanna had no objections to the change, her attorney said Tuesday. Though no objections were known Jan. 29 either, Rihanna's attorney was not present and, "in an abundance of caution," Schnegg said she wanted to double-check before loosening the order.

Brown attended the brief hearing Tuesday; Rihanna did not -- opposite of what happened recently at the 2011 Grammy Awards, which he skipped and where she performed. Both were nominated for awards.

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Photo: Chris Brown in Los Angeles Superior Court with his attorney Mark Geragos, left, on Feb. 22, 2011. Credit: David McNew / Getty Images

 


Chris Brown passes a milestone, asks court to lift protective order

Chris Brown asks court to lift protective order regarding Rihanna

Chris Brown's life got a whole lot easier Friday, as a judge congratulated the R&B singer on finishing a domestic violence education program -- a milestone that means he will no longer have to be present in court for progress hearings every three months.

Brown finished the 52-week course in December, proudly posting his certificate online. He was sentenced to five years' probation and 180 days of community service, plus the class, after pleading guilty in August 2009 to the felony assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna after a party the night before the Grammy Awards in February 2009.

A five-year protective order requiring Brown to stay 50 yards away from Rihanna, or 10 yards if they were both at the same industry function (say, on the Grammys red carpet), was also put in place.

Given Brown's progress and no incidents related to the two crossing paths, Judge Patricia Schnegg on Friday seemed inclined to change it to a "level one, do not annoy" order, but acting in what she called "an abundance of caution," she said she'd consider the change after Rihanna's attorney was consulted. Rihanna had said previously through her attorney that the order wasn't necessary.

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Chris Brown, Raz-B: What's the homophobic Twitter-fight back story?

Chris Brown apologizes for Raz-B Twitter fight This is an updated version of an earlier post. Please see the note below.

Chris Brown and Raz-B got into it on Twitter on Wednesday, with the former B2K boy-band singer taking the first swing with a slam at Brown and Eric Benet about Rihanna and Halle Berry, respectively, and Brown fighting back with crude references to Raz-B and gay sex.

Brown, 21, has issued an apology, TMZ reported Thursday, saying that he loves all his fans, gay and straight, and that the spat "was an unfortunate lack in judgment sparked by public Twitter attacks from Raz B, who was bent on getting attention.  Words cannot begin to express how sorry and frustrated I am over what transpired publicly on Twitter."

Now, Brown's assault on Rihanna has been splashed all over the mainstream, but what about Raz-B's back story? It is a years-long drama involving allegations of abuse and accusations of lying.

In 2007, the "Bump Bump Bump" singer (real name DeMario Thornton, 25) accused boy-band manager Chris Stokes, along with Marques Houston, the cousin of another B2K member, of molestation -- an allegation Stokes firmly denied. Raz-B recanted the story shortly thereafter, but since then he and his brother Ricardo "Ricky Romance" Thornton have said the retraction was forced and coerced, and have posted videos online with graphic details of the alleged abuse, including one in October that includes singer Quindon Tarver making similar allegations.

"I have recently stopped financially supporting both individuals along with assisting them with their criminal and legal matters," Stokes said in a statement in December 2007, "which leads me to believe they are resentful and looking to benefit financially from this."

While promoting his new album, "Follow My Lead," in November, Raz-B told the Madd Hatta Morning Show that he'd spoken to detectives and that there had "been some movement" on criminal charges, but cohost Nnete couldn't nail him down on anything more specific or about whether he would seek counseling for the alleged abuse or for rumored bipolar disorder. (Raz-B said he had not been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.)

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Chris Brown proud of completing 52-week domestic-violence education program

Chris Brown domestic violence completion certificate Chris Brown posted this picture of his certificate of completion for a court-ordered, 52-week online program against domestic violence Monday with the note, "I'm done with class." On Tuesday he explained his decision to make the milestone public.

"I have enough self-respect and decency to be proud of accomplishing this DV class.. Boyz run from there mistakes.. Men learn from them!!!thx," Brown said on Twitter.

Brown was sentenced to five years' probation and 180 days of community service, plus the class, after pleading guilty in August to the felony assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna after a party the night before the Grammy Awards in February.

While on probation, the 21-year-old singer has been praised repeatedly by the judge, who told him in November that "no one has done a better or more consistent job than you have" in meeting the requirements set out for him.

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Photo: Chris Brown's certificate, awarded Dec. 20, indicating that he has completed a court-ordered anti-domestic violence class. Credit: @chrisbrown / Twitpic


David Arquette, Chris Brown heat up Us Hot Hollywood bash

David-arquette-us-party As often as they appear in the pages of Us Weekly, stars like Chris Brown and David Arquette were not spotlighted by the magazine Thursday night for hitting up Starbucks, or for a romantic drama, or for the occasional legal battle. Rather, the mag invited the men and a slew of other celebs out to celebrate giving back.

Held at Hollywood's Colony, the annual Us Hot Hollywood party had a "Stars Who Care" theme. Brown, who was recently given gold stars for a well-behaved year-plus on probation, came with male pals and kept it low key.

Just a few feet away, Arquette, an honoree for his work with Feeding America, had a considerably more exciting time -- the actor danced and drank enthusiastically, stripping off his yellow shirt and getting down in a tank top and suspenders.

On the open-air patio, Katie Cassidy chatted with girlfriends at a table beside Whitney Port; Kimora Lee Simmons enjoyed a smoke break with Nicky Hilton; and Channing Tatum's wife Jenna Dewan mingled.

Other honorees included singer Colbie Caillet, Olivia Wilde, Ke$ha, and Kelly and Sharon Osbourne.

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Photo: David Arquette is newly single and one of Us Weekly's Hot Hollywood stars who care. Credit: Valerie Macon / Getty Images


Chris Brown marks a year of good behavior on probation

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Was it really a year ago that Chris Brown had his first probation hearing, after pleading guilty in August 2009 to felony assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna?

Why yes it was! And Brown got another positive report from Judge Patricia Schnegg just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of his first probation progress report with her.

"Out of thousands of probationers, no one has done a better or more consistent job than you have, and I really want to commend you for taking responsibility and for actually working diligently to complete all the things the court has required of you," Schnegg told Brown during a brief hearing Thursday in downtown L.A.

The R&B singer has gotten nothing but kudos from the court since he was sentenced in August 2009 to five years' probation and 180 days of community labor, which he's doing in his home state of Virginia. Brown assaulted Rihanna on Feb. 8, 2009, the night before the Grammy Awards. He checked in with the judge in February, May and August as well.

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Photo: R&B singer Chris Brown, third from the right, arrives with attorney Mark Geragos, second from the right, for a progress-report hearing  at Los Angeles Superior Court on Nov. 18, 2010. Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images

 

 


Chris Brown hosts youth run for Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge

Chris Brown at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver charity weekend for Special Olympics

Chris Brown is sprinting away from the troubles of yesteryear, taking a break in the recent promotion of his new album to pitch in with charity work in Washington, D.C.

Brown attended Audi's Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge, a weekend of charitable efforts in honor of the late Kennedy matriarch that benefits Best Buddies International and the Special Olympics.

Brown sang the national anthem to kick off festivities and then hosted his own 1-mile Fun Run on Saturday for kids of all ages. Following his run, Brown took time to throw a few football passes with the kids.

"American Idol" singer David Archuleta and figure skater Michelle Kwan attended as well, hosting activites to raise awareness for youths with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Do you think Chris is doing his part? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Photo: Chris Brown interacts with kids at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge in Washington, D.C. Credit: WireImage

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