Chris Brown Show Cancelled Over 2009 Rihanna Assault
Seems like, Chris Brown is still paying for what he did with Rihanna back in 2009. Turns out, Chris Brown has canceled a stadium concert in Guyana after local protests over his 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna. She show was to happen on Dec 26, but there were protests from women’s groups and also from lawmakers, which in the end led to the cancellation of the show. Concert promoter Hits & Jams Entertainment revealed that, it was Brown who basically backed out, citing discomfort with the protests. Seems like he was worried, he might get assaulted if he showed up for this concert in Guyana.
For the uninitiated, at around 12:30am on February 8, 2009, Brown and then-girlfriend, recording artist Rihanna had an argument which escalated into physical violence, leaving Rihanna with visible facial injuries which required hospitalization. Brown turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire station at 6:30pm and was booked under suspicion of making criminal threats. Following Brown’s arrest, several commercial ads featuring him were suspended, his music was withdrawn from multiple radio stations, and he withdrew from public appearances, including one at the 2009 Grammy Awards, where he was replaced by Justin Timberlake and Al Green.
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Brown hired a crisis management team and released a statement saying, “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired”. On March 5, 2009, Brown was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats. He was arraigned on April 6, 2009, and pleaded not guilty to one count of assault and one count of making criminal threats. On June 22, 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to a felony and accepted a plea deal of community labor, five years’ formal probation and domestic violence counseling.
Several organizations against domestic violence criticized the plea deal, advocating the punishment was not severe enough for the crime; the level of Brown’s influence over youth also came under scrutiny. On July 20, 2009, Brown released a two-minute video on his official YouTube page apologizing to fans and Rihanna for the assault, expressing the incident as his “deepest regret” and saying that he has repeatedly apologized to Rihanna and “accepts full responsibility”. In the video, Brown said he wanted to speak out earlier about the case but was advised by his attorney not to until the legal ramifications were settled.
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