Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Chris Brown apologizes over rampage at "Good Morning America" studio

Chris Brown, who went on a rampage at the ABC News studio earlier this week after being asked about his L.A. assault case, has expressed regret about his behavior.

ABC News, quoting from a transcript from a Brown interview with BET, reported that the music star was "disappointed"  by his behavior.

"First of all, I want to apologize to anybody who was startled in the office, or anybody who was offended or really looked, and [was] disappointed at my actions," ABC quoted Brown as saying. "Because I'm disappointed in the way I acted."

Legal experts have said the chair-tossing tantrum by Brown at "Good Morning America" on Tuesday isn't likely to have much, if any, effect on the singer's status in Los Angeles County courts, according to experts and law enforcement officials.

A series of questions put to Brown by GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts about his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna led to the incident backstage. 

New York police told The Times  they were not called to the studios to take a report after the outburst. That is where the story is likely to begin and end even though Brown is on five years' probation for hitting his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, said Dmitry Gori, a former L.A. County prosecutor and well-known defense attorney.

"Unless the 'GMA' acts or the [L.A. County] probation department acts, then there will be no information for the supervising judge to consider whether there was a probation violation or not," Gorin said. "At the end of the day it's, at most, a property crime. It definitely doesn't make him look good in the public eye, but there's no domestic [violence] violation."

Others sources in the Los Angeles legal community who are familiar with the case also expressed doubts that the incident would have any lasting legal effects.

In 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. The attack -- in which police said Brown bit, punched and choked her -- erupted as the couple sat in a car in a Hancock Park neighborhood after a pre-Grammy Awards party.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Brown was placed on five years' probation, required to attend a yearlong domestic violence prevention class and complete six months of what the judge termed "community labor" -- a more restrictive form of community service in which he was required to perform such tasks as picking up trash or removing graffiti.

The incident at the GMA studios comes less than a month after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg praised Brown for making progress in the case and downgraded a restraining order issued against him in connection with the domestic violence case.


Heavy rain, high winds, cold air to hit Southern California

L.A. school police officer to be arraigned in alleged shooting hoax

Illegal immigrants disguised as U.S. Marines latest border ploy, officials say

--Andrew Blankstein and Shelby Grad

Comments () | Archives (12)

HMMM... reading this message i feel that it was unnecessary for the guy to keep questionong Chris Brown about Rihanna. Although he did do what he did, we still have to put that behind us and move on. He's still on his feet now and taking care of business like he was then. I just think everyone should just leave that case alone and congradulate him on his new album.

This clearly confirms that Chris Brown is a punk. he beats on a woman cause im pretty sure that he would hav trouble trying to beat on a man. and now because he is questioned about this incident, he shows that he is incapable of acting like a civilized human being. someone like him belongs in a cage. PUNK!!!

Bad reporting on Good Morning America's part. You accept Chris Brown to promote his album then you flip on him in the public eye. I like Robin Roberts, but that was like Jim Grey interviewing Pete Rose. You're better than that.

When is enough, enough?

When is it that we finally say that we are finished celebrating the celebrities?

This idiot needs a little jail time to shake his foundation.

I guess the court-appointed anger-management classes didn't help.

And we wonder why America is hated so much by the rest of the World...

Who cares? He's a three year old developmentally, in an adult body and he needs to be locked up, apparently, until he can learn to control his 'little' outbursts.

It's always funny when they quote the statements of these characters...good laughs...

Can you say "recidivist," boys and girls?

he's a punk and a bully!!

he was invited to talk about his new album and they had to bring up something bad that happened in the past. its frustrating like come on now it was 2 years ago let that ish go!

Tanasia is an idiot, never put anything behind you, you do not learn a lesson. You need to address the situation. He seems to have a problem with his outbreaks. Tanasia thinks it's ok to behave like that. Nice behavior

I have anger problems and like to get off on beating up small animals and women....thank you david and tanesia for understanding me!
I think the media should focus more on other things and let me do my business.

wow christopher golden can you say immature. Come on lets be adults about this and look whats happening now besides in the past. Its funny how rihanna can forgive him but some you cant even though the inncident didnt happen to you. wow ok people. Thanks david for you "positive" opinion.


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: