Chris Brown storms off 'GMA' set after Rihanna questions - publicity stunt?
Chris Brown stormed off the set of "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, March 22, the day of the release of his new album "F.A.M.E.," after host Robin Roberts asked him about his domestic abuse case involving Rihanna.
Brown, an R & B artist, had pleaded guilty to felony assault for attacking the singer in 2009 and was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service. Brown completed a court-mandated domestic violence course in December 2010.
After the confrontation, Rihanna obtained a restraining order against Brown. In February it was downgraded to a lower level. On "Good Morning America," on Tuesday, Roberts asked Brown if he had seen or been around Rihanna since the violent incident.
"I mean, not really," Brown replied. "It's not really a big deal to me now as far as that situation. I think I'm past that in my life and I think today's the album day, so that's what I'm focused on. Everybody go get that album."
"This ALBUM is what I want to talk about and not the kind of stuff that happened two years ago," Brown added. "I think when you come to mainstream America and you come to different places in the world, people always want to, you know, bring what the situation that you're bringing up now and I think eventually it's just about my fans. I'm doing this for my fans. I could care less what anybody else thinks."
After the interview, Brown performed "Yeah 3x," the lead single off "F.A.M.E," which he said stands for "Fans of My Everything" and ""Forgiving All My Enemies."
After his performance, Brown then stormed off stage and went into his dressing room. He then emerged shirtless and approached the producer of the segment, ABC News said. It added that the show's hair and makeup staff called security after hearing loud noises from Brown's dressing room. Police did not get involved.
Brown and his entourage left the building and it was later discovered that a window inside his dressing room had been smashed. Paparazzi photos show the singer shirtless outside the show's Times Square studio.
Brown has not commented about the details of the incident but said on his Twitter page: "I'm so over people bringing this past (expletive) up!!! Yet we praise Charlie Sheen and other celebs for there (expletive)."
The message was later removed. ABC News said in a statement following the incident: "As always, we ask questions that are relevant and newsworthy, and that's what we did in this interview with Mr. Brown."
Later on Tuesday, Roberts said on her Twitter page: "Sure has been an interesting AM @GMA. Still sorting thru everything myself. Just my 2nd day on twitter, wonder what tomorrow will bring?"
The "Good Morning America" host opened a Twitter account on Monday, March 21, which is also the fifth birthday of the social networking service.
"F.A.M.E" is Brown's fourth studio album and features collaborations with hip hop artists Lil Wayne, Ludacris and Busta Rhymes as well as with teen pop star Justin Bieber. Brown is currently trying to promote the record through press appearances and is also set to perform songs on ABC ballroom dancing show "Dancing With The Stars" next week. The 12th season premiered on Monday (see photos from the episode, as well as video interviews with the cast backstage, updated after every show).
Brown recently made headlines after a nude photo of himself appeared on the Web earlier this month. He has denied he leaked it. In late February, more photos leaked online of Rihanna's face following his violent confrontation with her. Brown reportedly responded and deleted a comment on Twitter following the photo release.
"It's ironic how 'somebody' put this out right around my album time! Wow! I guess that's supposed to be strategic chess move. Unbelievable," Brown wrote in a Twitter message that was later deleted, according to MTV. "The Devil is always busy!! But when u have a destiny, nothing or no one can stop what God has planned!"