Chris Brown: "Of Course" I Remember Beating Rihanna

Celebrity News Sep. 1, 2009 AT 1:01PM
Chris Brown: "Of Course" I Remember Beating Rihanna

Chris Brown is backtracking on his statement that he doesn't remember beating ex girlfriend Rihanna.

In his first interview since his Feb. 8 arrest for the incident, Brown (who pleaded guilty to felony assault on June 22) told Larry King he "can't believe...that actually happened."

But late Monday night, Brown, 20, released a statement to "try and set things straight."

He says: "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 four or five times -- and when you look at the entire interview you will see it is not representative of what I said.

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"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.

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"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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