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Chris Brown withdraws name from Kids' Choice Awards ballot

March 11, 2009 | 12:10 pm

Chrisbrowncourt R&B singer Chris Brown, who is charged with felony assault and criminal threats on girlfriend Rihanna, withdrew his name today from consideration for favorite song and favorite male singer at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, citing the controversy over his continued presence on the ballot.

“Chris very much appreciates the support of his fans and the honor they have paid him in the way of nominations for Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song,” said a statement from his public relations firm, Sitrick and Co. “Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding the incident last month has shifted the focus from the music to whether he should be allowed to be among those nominated.

“While Chris would like to speak to his fans directly about this and other issues, pending legal proceedings preclude his doing so at this time. Once the matter before him has been resolved, he intends to do so.”

The statement comes after more than 5,000 parents signed an online petition asking that Brown be removed from the list of nominees for the March 28 Kids’ Choice Awards show, in which children and teenagers vote for their favorite entertainers.

Brown, 19, is charged with felony assault and making criminal threats against Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, 21, on the eve of the Grammys as they drove from a party in his rented Lamborghini. He is scheduled to be arraigned April 6.

Despite the Feb. 8 incident in which authorities allege Brown repeatedly hit her in the face, threatened to kill her and even bit her ear and fingers, a producer said the two singers have reconciled and are recording a duet -- a love song that will appear on Brown’s album due out later this year.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Singer Chris Brown stands in a courtroom at the Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles Thursday. Brown faces two felony charges, assault and making criminal threats, against a woman the district attorney's office has identified as Robyn F. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Previously on latimes.com:

Rihanna can record Chris Brown, court documents show

Rihanna doesn't want restraining order against Chris Brown

Brown beat, bit and threatened to kill Rihanna, prosecutors allege [UPDATED]

Rihanna assisting police in Chris Brown case