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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Chris Brown storms off ‘Good Morning America’ after Rihanna question


Chris Brown is interviewed by Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.” (Ida Mae Astute - ABC)

Singer Chris Brown blew up at ABC’s “Good Morning America’s” Manhattan digs after Robin Roberts asked him “questions about his former girlfriend Rihanna,” ABC News, which produces the show, reports. 

ABC News said the fracas was the results of Roberts having asked him about his “abuse incident” with Rihanna. 

"What's going on now is recently the restraining order has been relaxed," Roberts began – a reference to the restraining order that had been slapped on Brown after his 2009 “altercation” with Rihanna, ABC News reported.

And when they say “questions about his former girlfriend” and “altercation” they are referring to his having beaten her after leaving a pre-Grammy party in 2009. Remember how word started to get out on Grammy night that year when both Brown and Rihanna were no-shows? As the Grammy Awards were beginning their broadcast on CBS, Brown was turning himself in to the cops. A photo of Rihanna’s bruised, scratched, swollen face later popped up on the Web.  At the time of the incident, Brown was a skyrocketing star – the new-ish face of Wrigley’s  gum, and part of the whole celebrity Got Milk campaign. The Rihanna “incident” also cost him those relationships.

"Have you all seen each other, been around each other?" Roberts asked Brown, who thought he’d come on the morning infotainment show to plug his new album.

"I mean, not really," Brown replied, looking none too happy with the way this interview was going.

 "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!"

Roberts tried twice again, to no avail, to turn the conversation back to Rihanna, while Brown grew increasingly “agitated,” as ABC News described it.

After the interview, Brown performed "Yeah 3x," the lead single off that new album, “F.A.M.E.”

When the number was over, Brown stormed off stage and, ABC News said, went back to his dressing room. Then he came back down the hall, still backstage, and stopped upon seeing the person who produced the segment. Brown didn't have his shirt on, ABC News reported. On the other hand, why should he?

“At that point, the producer backed away and went back to ‘GMA's’ dressing rooms, ABC News stated.

 The show's hair and makeup staff called security when they heard loud non-happy noises coming from Brown's dressing room.

“It was then discovered that a window had been smashed in Brown's dressing room. The thick glass was destroyed,” ABC News said.

By that time, Brown and his entourage had already left the building, but ABC News attaches importance to the fact that Paparazzi photos show the singer was still shirtless outside “GMA’s” Times Square studio. 

"As always, we asked questions that are relevant and newsworthy, and that's what we did in this interview with Mr. Brown," ABC News reported itself as having said in a statement.

In 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault, admitting he beat Rihanna in a rented sports car after leaving a pre-Grammy Awards party. Brown was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service. This past February, his probation was downgraded to a restraining order mandating that he stay 10 yards away from Rihanna.

After the interview, Roberts tweeted: “Sure has been an interesting AM @GMA. Still sorting thru everything myself. Just my 2nd day on twitter, wonder what tomorrow will bring?”

Roberts did not, however, in her tweet, address a report in tabloid Web site TMZ that unnamed “sources connected to the production” said she’d asked Brown in advance of the live interview  “if it would be ok” for her to ask him questions about Rihanna.

TMZ reports Brown had “approved” of Roberts asking him a few Rihanna questions.

Roberts works for ABC News.

ABC News did not address this TMZ report in its coverage of the incident. Reps for “GMA” could not be reached.

But the TMZ report has led to some speculation as to whether the whole window-cum-shirtless thing might not have been one of those publicity stunts intended to gin up sales of albums, tickets, books, etc. for which the creative community is given so much credit.

It does not appear, however, to have led to any speculation, that we can find anyway, as to whether an employee of ABC News should be asking “if it is ok” to ask someone a question who has agreed to come on a program to be interviewed.

At any rate, whether Brown consciously decided window smashing and shirt removal were just the thing to promote sales of his album, “F.A.M.E.” which – how’s this for irony – stands for “Forgiving All My Enemies,” or whether he was just having another attack of anger management issue, after the “GMA” incident he was officially crowned a “hot topic” on Google, and Robin Roberts was trending on Twitter.

Speaking of Twitter, shortly after the incident, Brown had tweeted, “I’m so over people bringing this past [expletive] up!!! Yet we praise Charlie Sheen and other celebs for there [expletive].”

But at some point, Brown deleted that tweet, and tweeted, “All my fans!!! This album is for you and only you!!! I’m so tired of everyone else!! Honestly!! I love team breezy!!”

By  |  12:47 PM ET, 03/22/2011

 
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