TMZ is reporting Chris Brown had a violent outburst and threw a chair through a second story window at ABC’s studios in New York today after a Good Morning America host asked him about his domestic abuse history.
Robin Roberts, who’s interviewed Brown on the subject before and even traveled to his private home, asked him if he’s seen Rihanna since his restraining order was relaxed. “Not really and that’s not really a big deal to me now as far as that situation. I think I’m past that in my life. Today is the album day and I’m here to talk about the album,” a visibly annoyed Brown responded.
Brown was a guest to promote his new album “F.A.M.E.”, which stands for “Forgiving All My Enemies.” But apparently not everything is forgiven and those anger management classes may not have done much.
According to TMZ, Brown stormed into his dressing room after the interview and was screaming “so loud, the people in hair and makeup became alarmed and called security.”
“We’re told by the time security rushed the area, Brown had ripped off his shirt and left the building, blowing off another performance he was supposed to do for the ABC website,” TMZ reported.
But this may all be a publicity stunt because according to Roberts, both she other GMA staff members spoke with Brown before the interview to approve questions about the Rihanna incident. According to TMZ, Roberts “insisted” Brown approved the questions.
Brown was convicted of assaulting Rihanna in 2009 and sentenced to five years probation, 180 days of community labor and ordered not to contact Rihanna. Along with community service, Brown also sought therapy and anger management classes. In a January 2010 interview, Brown told Wendy Williams that he was now in “the best place in my life.” But as he’s begun promoting his album, his history of battery has continued to come up.
According to TMZ, Brown tweeted after the incident that he’s eager to move on from that past: “I’m so over people bringing this past s**t up!!! Yet we praise Charlie sheen and other celebs for there bulls**t.” (But that’s a completely different story.)
The more important question is whether Brown has been able to break the cycle of violence to which spousal abuse counselors often point. Before assaulting Rihanna, Brown told TV host Tyra Banks that as a child he witnessed and heard his own mother being beaten and sexually assaulted by her then-boyfriend. More than one in five women report having been the victims of domestic violence, according to a Justice Department study. Young black women, one of Brown’s key marketing targets, report particularly high rates of intimate partner abuse, research shows.