Chris Brown destroys dressing room after Good Morning America interview
6:15 PM, Mar 22, 2011
7:16 PM, Mar 22, 2011
NEW YORK - Chris Brown trashed his dressing room at "Good Morning America"
and broke a window with a chair Tuesday after co-host Robin Roberts
asked him about his attack on Rihanna, according to a person
familiar with the show.
The person was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke
to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Security was
called, but not police.
Brown was on the ABC morning show Tuesday to promote his new
album, "F.A.M.E.," released the same day. During his interview with
Roberts, she asked him about the 2009 attack on his then-girlfriend
-- preceding her questions by noting he had been "very good" about
talking about the attack.
"It was very serious what you went through and what
happened," she said. "How have you been able to ..."
A clearly agitated Brown tried to deflect the line of
questioning, saying he was past that and wanted to focus on his new
"This album is what I want them to talk about and not what
happened two years ago," he said.
Roberts laughed and thanked Brown for letting her discuss
that matter with him, and after the interview, Brown performed.
But instead of performing another song for the online
audience, as he was scheduled to do, he went to his dressing room
and started smashing things, according to the person.
In a statement, ABC News said: "As always, we ask questions
that are relevant and newsworthy, and that's what we did in this
interview with Mr. Brown."
Reps for Brown did not immediately return phone calls for
comment. Brown is on probation for his assault on Rihanna.
Brown has been trying to rehabilitate his image since the
attack, which occurred on the eve of the Grammys two years ago.
After that, his once brilliant career was tarnished. His album
"Graffiti," released several months after that, was a poor seller.
However, he's recently had success on the charts with the
songs "Deuces," a No. 1 R&B hit last year, and "Look At Me Now"
is currently No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
He's been more accepted into the mainstream as well. Before
his "GMA" appearance, he had appeared on NBC's "Saturday Night
Live." He is scheduled to perform on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars"
A judge last November commended Brown, a Virginia native, for
working hard to complete his community service and for almost
finishing his domestic violence counseling.