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Chris Brown Erased From "Bone Deep" Promotion, Voluntarily Goes To Anger Management

February 26, 2009 9:44 AM ET

Radio stations, the Got Milk? campaign and Wrigley's Gum aren't the only ones washing their hands of Chris Brown. Woooha.com reports Sony Screen Gems will "erase" Brown's performance from the promotion of the upcoming film Bone Deep. Brown was to be the centerpiece of the film's promotion in the urban market, appearing in commercials and movie posters. Instead, following Brown's alleged assault of girlfriend Rihanna, producers will focus marketing around T.I., who may still be in prison when the film is released in January, 2010. Brown's role in the film itself will not be reduced.

According to IMDb, Brown has starring roles in other two other films in the pre-production/in-production stages: Caramel and Phenom. The director of Caramel recently told Life & Style, "Chris's current situation hasn't had any effect on things in terms of the film. We're still planning on working with him." In the end, it's the producers' decision, and it's hard to imagine anyone funding a film starring an actor who may single-handedly cripple the film's success.

In an effort to make himself look better in the court of public opinion, Brown reportedly began taking anger management classes Monday, February 23rd, in Glendale, California. "Chris doesn't actually have to go by law," an insider tells New York Daily News' Gatecrasher, "but he believes it will make him look better to the public, and he wants to try to get in a few classes before March 5," his court date. While reports say the court date might be pushed back, Rihanna is expected to testify.

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