Chris Brown has issued a statement explaining that an advance clip of his interview with Larry King, set to air on Wednesday night on CNN, has been taken out of context, and, in fact, he does remember the incident with Rihanna that led to him pleading guilty to assault.
On Monday, CNN released clips, which show the “Larry King Live” host asking Brown, “Do you remember doing it?” referring to the beating of his then-girlfriend Rihanna in the early hours of February 8. Brown is heard in the clip replying, “No.”
But in a statement issued to Access Hollywood on Monday, the singer said that during the interview with King, which was attended by his attorney, Mark Geragos, and his mother, Joyce Hawkins, “That question was asked something like four or five times.”
“When you look at the entire interview you will see it is not representative of what I said,” Brown said in his statement regarding his “no” answer.
“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,’” Brown’s statement continued.
Brown added that he does indeed remember the incident that sent Rihanna to the hospital; however, he also referred to it as “a blur.”
“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,” his statement continued. “And yes, I still can’t believe it happened because it is not me or who I am.”
Brown added that he continues to live with remorse over the incident.
“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,” his statement concluded. “ 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.”
When contacted by Access, Ryan Jimenez, spokesman for “Larry King Live” said, “The interview will air in its entirety on Wednesday and will clearly stand on its own.”
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