Chris Brown Apologizes for Rihanna Assault

Brown apologized via Web video.
Brown apologized via Web video. (Matt Sayles - AP)
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Associated Press
Tuesday, July 21, 2009

LOS ANGELES, July 20 -- Chris Brown has publicly apologized for beating fellow R&B singer Rihanna last winter. Brown released a two-minute video on his Web site on Monday apologizing to fans and saying he is sad and ashamed of his conduct.

He also says on the v ideo that he has repeatedly apologized to Rihanna, who was his girlfriend at the time.

Brown was arrested Feb. 8 and later charged with assault likely to cause great bodily harm. He pleaded guilty to the assault charge last month and faces sentencing on Aug. 5.

He is slated to serve five years of probation and perform six months of community labor.

Brown says on the video that he wanted to speak out earlier but was advised not to by his lawyer.

The 20-year-old calls his actions "unacceptable."

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