ABC Defends Asking Chris Brown Rihanna Questions on 'GMA' Interview
9:44 AM PDT 3/22/2011 by Mark Cina
The network defends Robin Roberts for asking the singer "relevant and newsworthy" questions that prompted him to trash his dressing room.
ABC News is defending Robin Roberts, who upset singer Chris Brown by asking him about his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna on Good Morning America Tuesday.
Following the interview, as THR previously reported, Brown trashed his dressing room and broke a window.
"As always, we ask questions that are relevant and newsworthy, and that's what we did in this interview with Mr. Brown,” an ABC News spokesperson said in a statement.
Brown — who is serving five years of probation since being convicted of felony assault against the singer — got miffed when Roberts first asked him about the incident, telling her, “I think I'm past that in my life. Today's the album day, so that's what I'm focused on.”
When she later asked about Rihanna two more times, he snapped, “I think today's the ALBUM day so that's what I'm focused on.”
After the interview, he performed "Yeah 3x," the new single off his new album, F.A.M.E.
The moment the song ended, he stormed off stage and went back to his dressing room, ABC has confirmed.
Then, according to ABC, he came back down the hall, still backstage, and stopped upon seeing the person who produced the segment.
He didn't have his shirt on.
The show's hair and makeup staff said they had called security because they heard loud noises coming from the singer’s dressing room.
It was then discovered that a window had been smashed in Brown's dressing room. The thick glass was destroyed.
By the time the smashed window was discovered, Brown and his team had left the building.
After the show, Roberts Tweeted: "Sure has been an interesting AM @GMA. Still sorting thru everything myself. Just my 2nd day on twitter, wonder what tomorrow will bring?"
According to TMZ, Brown Tweeted, "I'm so over people bringing this past s**t up!!! Yet we praise Charlie sheen and other celebs for there bulls**t."
He removed the message and posted two more, notes People.com: "Thank you to everyone who supports my music!!! Key Word (music) !!! Love y'all," and "All my fans!!! This album is for you and only you!!! I'm so tired of everyone else!! Honestly!! I love team breezy!!"
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