Chris Brown insists in a new statement that he has blurry memories of his February 8th incident with Rihanna, despite reports and video of Brown telling Larry King he didn’t recall all the events of that night. Brown blames Larry King‘s producers for the quote, saying he was pressed on a subject he didn’t want to discuss, and that editing mishaped his intended statements. The full episode airs September 2nd at 9 p.m.
Brown said King asked him numerous times about what unfolded in the Lamborghini the night of February 8th, but for Rihanna’s sake, Brown didn’t want to discuss what transpired. After being asked a fifth time, Brown now says he simply replied that he doesn’t remember in an effort to push the conversation along. The clip of Brown offering that response hit the Internet yesterday.
“Of course I remember what happened. Several times during the interview, my mother said that I came to her right afterwards and told her everything. But it was and still is a blur,” Brown said in the statement. To avoid accusations from Brown that we edited down his statement and took it out of context, you can read the entirety of Brown’s explanation below.
In another clip from the Larry King show, King asks Brown about some of the comments he made to Rihanna (“You threatened to beat the blank out of her”) and asks how someone like Brown who is seemingly so calm can just become so violent. “That night is one of the nights I wish I can just take back, and I really regret and feeling totally ashamed of what I did,” Brown tells King. Brown’s mother Joyce Hawkins and lawyer Mark Geragos will join Brown on the program. As Rock Daily reported yesterday, Brown tells King that he is still in love with Rihanna, despite a protective order in his plea bargain sentence that forces him to remain 100 yards away from Rihanna at all times.
Chris Brown’s statement:
“There have been reports on the Internet that I didn’t remember what happened that night with Rihanna. I want to try and set things straight.
That 30 seconds of the interview they used of me was taken from a one hour interview during which that same question was asked something like 4 or 5 times — and when you look at the entire interview you will see it is not representative of what I said.
The first four times — or how ever many times it was — I gave the same answer — which was that I didn’t think it was appropriate for me to talk about what happened that night. I said it was not right for me and it really wasn’t fair to Rihanna. The fifth time — or whatever it was — I just misspoke. I was asked, “Do you remember doing it?” and I said, “No.”
Of course I remember what happened. Several times during the interview, my mother said that I came to her right afterwards and told her everything. But it was and still is a blur. And yes, I still can’t believe it happened because it is not me or who I am or is what happened like anything I have ever done before.
As I have said several times previously, I am ashamed of and sorry for what happened that night and I wish I could relive that moment and change things, but I can’t. I take full responsibility for my actions. What I have to do now is to prove to the world that this was an isolated incident and that is not who I am and I intend to do so by my behavior now and in the future.”
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