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Chris Brown has meltdown after 'Good Morning America' asks about Rihanna

Chrisbrown Chris Brown got a little more than he bargained for during a promotional stop Tuesday for his new album. During a sit-down on ABC's "Good Morning America," Robin Roberts pressed the singer about the legal troubles stemming from his 2009 altercation on a Los Angeles street with then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown was accused of savagely beating the pop star and eventually pled guilty to felony assault and was placed on five years probation.

Roberts began the interview by noting that Brown's restraining order against Rihanna had been relaxed and wondering whether the two still saw each other.

"I mean, not really," he 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. Everybody go get that album."

The exchange went downhill from there, as Roberts made perfunctory mention of the album and then sidled back to the Rihanna incident as Brown grew visibly upset:

 

But that wasn't all. After performing his new song "Yeah 3x," Brown stormed off the set and back to his dressing room, according to ABC. The show's staff heard loud noises coming from the room and called security. When Brown and his entourage departed a short time later, the staff discovered that a window in the dressing room had been smashed.

An ABC spokeswoman said that the network did not plan to press charges against Brown over the damage, which might have affected his probation if police had gotten involved.

Show Trackers, what do you think of Brown's latest incident? Is he entitled to move on, or has the Rihanna altercation forever marred his career? 

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Photo: Chris Brown interviewed by Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America." Credit: Ida Mae Astute / Associated Press

 
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I don't even really know much about Chris Brown or Rihanna. I've never paid much attention to pop culture, and it was pure accident that I landed on this article. That said, I have a couple observations based on this article and a related article about Brown's tweets after the ABC GMA incident.

He just recently completed a 52-week course in domestic violence education. That is a pretty big milestone (most states require 6 months max, and 52-weeks is a solid year). However, nobody is "cured" of violent impulses, even after a year of classes. Those classes are there to teach you the basics, including coping strategies to deal with anger and violent impulses. Any kind of stress, such as being repeatedly badgered over a difficult and embarrassing event in one's past (especially if it's the event that landed you in trouble in the first place), is enough to erode even the best self control.

Anyone who's completed these mandatory classes probably knows that they are not the end of the process. Ideally, one should attend long-term counseling subsequent to taking these classes. The classes are not always good, and often are taught based upon broad assumptions (e.g., the majority of class members are assumed to be alcohol abusers, regardless of what one student's particular offense involved); counseling is much more personalized.

One critical step in the classes and group counseling I've seen is that the student is required to describe, in detail, what he did, and must take responsibility for his actions. The facilitator or counselor will ask some pretty hard questions, and other students may chip in with their own observations. When that process is done with, the student/counselee doesn't revisit their past crimes in anywhere near that depth. They aren't repeatedly badgered or made to grovel. They may be forced to pay reparations to the wronged party, or they may be forced to tender a formal letter of apology, but that's a one-time thing. The rest of their time, they focus on learning skills to cope with anger and rage... knowing full well that they may relapse into old ways in the future.

The notion that I see repeated over and over in these comments, that Chris Brown deserves to get scorn heaped on repeatedly for this one particular crime of domestic abuse, that he should expect to be badgered and needled, never forgiven, or even subjected to unconstitutional restrictions on his freedom (e.g., one suggestion that he never be allowed to have another relationship), is frightening because it flies in the face of traditional social norms for the United States. People are not supposed to be punished endlessly for a specific crime. The punishment fits the crime, and the punishment has to have a finite duration or it isn't considered just. Anything else is vindictive; while vindictiveness is a very human response, it isn't just (i.e., balanced).

Chris Brown is still a young guy. He clearly needs to work on some things, but that doesn't make him an awful person as such. I can't see him hitting another woman again, ever, and if the worst thing he does from now on is damage property... well, that's not generally socially acceptable, but it isn't beating another human being, is it? (A broken window is generally not considered felony property damage; frankly, I'm not sure the cops would have gotten involved for a broken window in a dressing room.) Considering that I've seen therapists and counselors advise patients to break dishes instead of succumbing to the urge to hit a partner/spouse/etc., it seems like a viable strategy to channel angry impulses.

This is crazy. that was 3 years ago. if it happened then it happened. Both of them have gotten passed it and moved on. As soon as she moved one the public should have to. So Robin Roberts was wrong for her questions that went back 3 years ago. You can let go of the O.J case but not the Brown case. Its been 3 years people grow the hell up and forget about it. You cant care about it untill Chris Brown comes to your door and knocks yo ass out.

First I personal think you need anger manager-ment, and if you not able to address your pass you or not able to move forward get help before you try to promote your new album. I was excited that you where making new music and getting yourself together, but you not really ready you need to grow up and get the help you need.

Please! This guy is bound to give us more bad news! His talent is questionable and the only main stream media attention he hasrecieved is for hitting a woman! He would never be on Good Morning America if he hadn't hit Rihanna in the face! When FAME flops or some one looks at this loser wrong, who hits creatures that are weaker then him, we will surely hear how he "busted a cap" in someone. Got probation, again, and his own special on TNT because its funny,sad and so typical! Counting the days to CB's probation is over!

He's entitled to move on, but he has to know that it's now with the stigma of being known as a woman beater. And he needs to learn to deal with questions and references to that... which could last for years, and will only be exacerbated by outbursts of uncontrolled rage like this one.

I have no problem with Robin continually moving back to this issue. It clearly brought out the rage - once again - which I think did a public service. We know now that he is clearly not free of these anger issues, though I'm glad he had at least enough control not to pop HER in the chops! I think Robin might've come out the winner in that battle royale!

I'm sorry...he has paid for his mistake? Brutally assualting his girlfriend isn't like spraying graffiti on a wall. Did you not see the pictures? He needs to be reminded DAILY of what he did in hopes that he will never do it again. Just because he is famous, he doesn't get a pass.

Charlie Sheen should try to get Chris Brown as his opening act on Charlie's upcoming tour!

Everybody deserve a secound chance the reporter was wrong she had no interes in his album she kept going back to the Rehanna thing what people don't realize is Rehanna is no push over she even bragged about how she use to kick her brothers you know what, women are just as violent as men I have a friend right now that was violently attacked with a knife so lets stop treating these violent women as victims when a man try to defend himself.

The dupe has issues. He needs anger management....and a big lollipop.

Oh god! Can't breathe! Laughing to damn hard! Someone actually used chris brown and artist in the same sentence!

2nd: He didn't make a mistake. He didn't push her. He didn't slap her once. HE BEAT HER TO A BLOODY PULP. Still a luser; still a rager, still an abuser. I'm not getting what I want so I'm gonna smash stuff up. Get help Chris. Then man up and we'll talk about that artist thing.

Why is GMA having Chris Rock on your show? He has no respect for women or property, or really, anything else. Also, I do not appreciate seeing him and his group grabbing their crotches to their lousy music. What a joke.... Robin did a great job but she is a woman, and Chris Rock is not going to repect and woman. GMA... you can do better.

I think the host was constantly bringing the situation up. The main focus of Chris Browns interview was to focus on his newly released album. She should have respected his mind and answer when he told her it was a point in his life he was trying get past. I could understand why he acted the way she did. The media constantly baggerin him and constantly trying to embarrass him about the situation is so overdue. Get over it it is what it is. He apologized for it and him and rihanna has both decided to put it to rest and move fowards with their lifes especially if the restraining order was relaxed, and weither they decided to get back together or stay seperated its their lifes not us their young and enjoyn that oppertunity let them live dang and hop off chris brown peddi wacka GOSH

Robin Roberts made a Jerk of herself... goes to show how the media can be sooooOOo insensitive just to get the NEWS instead of trying to promote the POSITIVE aspects of things..... Lame way to corner Chris Brown into trying to talk about it... like she mentioned he already served his time..and he will forever be remembered for that unfortunate incident...I'm not condemning what he did was right at all... it's just a tasteless way to get someone to talk about it... while he is trying to move forward.... "who are the enemies?" com'n on!!! & to then announce he had a meltdown in his dressing room!? **can't wait til one day these NEWS MEDIA people's DIRT comes out and see how they would feel then.

Chris Brown is a danger to all that come in contact with him. He is an angry rich boy that needs a true reality check, and some serious counciling. I have no respect for a man that is that vilant and mixed up in his head. I would never listen to his garbage that he calls singing, or buy his albums or even look at him on tv. I watched GoodMorning America this morning, and Robin was doing her job, and if he was sorry for what he had done to Rihana, he would not have been angry, but sorry for what he has done. No pity for him at all. He is a spoiled brat and needs a smack in the head.....Put him in Jail with all the other criminals and women abusers......

The conversation would be moot had the woman be so-called "white".

The guy has apologized and he made clear that he wanted to focus on his album today' leave the guy alone and let him be

Well the tattoos and dyed hair are definate signs of drug use, added to his immature age, just another spoiled brat throwning a temper tantrum

She provoked him. She saw that he was uncomfortable when she mentioned it and then she kept going back to it when he was there to PROMOTE his album. If people leave others alone and stop throwing past back up... Backlash would not happen. He did not go up there to be interrogated. She was reaching for drama. Was he wrong for venting his frustrations in the studio, YES... but was it a reaction that others would have had YES... but others would have attacked her and not the dressing room. Leave the man alone and stop being judgmental... You never know when you will loose control!

The media & society is about feeding off of negativity. If he came on to talk about an album then do that. Like he said it happened 2 years ago. I'm not really a fan of CB or men who abuse women, but move on already. It's interesting how we judge people. That was so much a set up & he should have waited until he left the building before venting like that & who is to say it was him & not someone with him. If it was me I might have gotten snippy with the person asking the questions.

Domestic Violence of such brutal nature isn't just "some mistake." Rhianna is frankly lucky that she is alive, many women in the same situation are not. The mistake is for GMA, or any other group, to even being promoting this guy.

He's a violent, violent man who is unsafe to be around. Once a DV'er, always a DV'er, just look at the numbers.

As someone involved with the issue, over 25% of all women experience domestic violence, and, for many, it ruins their lives. To promote and support abusers is not the answer. If people want to listen to his music, fine, but I think shame on the media and shame on pop culture for promoting him. Domestic Violence is a major issue in this country, and those people calling this a "mistake" in his past do not live in the sad reality of modern violence and of this man's actual personality.

 
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