Chris Brown: Actually, I do remember beating up Rihanna
Singer Chris Brown said today he remembered beating girlfriend Rihanna and that a brief interview clip circulated online in which he said he did not recall the incident "is not representative of what I said".
The R&B artist tells People magazine in a lengthy statement that he "misspoke" during the 30-second clip and that he was asked "something like four or five times" about the argument with singer Rihanna during an hour-long interview.
"Of course I remember what happened," Brown, 20, said in a statement today. "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."
In his first public interviews on the subject, Brown told People magazine and CNN's Larry King that his feelings for Rihanna, 21, had not changed since the February beating that left her bloody and bruised.
"I never fell out of love with her," Brown told People. "That just wouldn't go away."
Brown told King in an interview due to be shown tomorrow night that he was still in shock about his actions.
Brown's mother, Joyce Hawkins, accompanied her son during both interviews.
"When I look at it now, it's just like, wow, like, I can't believe that that actually happened," Brown told King.
Brown admitted felony assault in June and last week was sentenced to five years' probation, a year of domestic violence counselling and six months of community service. He will serve his sentence in his home state of Virginia.
A judge also ordered Brown and Rihanna to stay away from each other.
A police affidavit and probation report described the beating, which included Brown hitting, biting and choking Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. The attack happened in a car after the couple attended a pre-Grammy Awards party.
Brown's interview with People will be published in an issue released on Friday. He told the magazine he called his mother, who was a domestic violence victim, on the night of the attack.
"I was distraught. I went to my mom on the same night and told (her) what happened and broke down," he said.
Brown released a video statement last month in which he apologised to fans and said he had repeatedly apologised to Rihanna for the attack.