Bobby Brown bails on radio station that freed him
WASHINGTON -- Almost as soon he was sprung from jail by a radio station's money, Bobby Brown and Hot 99.5 FM bailed on the deal.
The 38-year-old R&B singer spent three nights in a Massachusetts jail last week for failing to pay child support. He was released after the station paid the $19,150 he owed on the condition that Brown appear on "The Kane Show" for a week. He was to discuss the case and how he could turn his life around during studio appearances beginning Monday.
But Brown backed out of an on-air phone interview with the morning show Friday, saying he hadn't agreed to be an employee of the station.
"That wasn't our deal," said Brown, who hung up after Kane pressed him.
"We thought we clearly communicated to Bobby our intentions, but once we had him on the air this morning it was clear that we were not on the same page," said Kane, who goes by one name.
Both the station, which broadcasts in the Washington area, and Brown's attorney decided the deal wasn't in the singer's best interest and that Brown will return the money.
"We feel that there are better things we can do with the money locally," said Kane.
Brown was arrested while he was watching his daughter's cheerleading competition in Massachusetts.
Phaedra Parks, Brown's attorney in Atlanta, has said the singer has been struggling to meet monthly payments to Kim Ward, of Stoughton, Mass., the mother of two of his children.
Brown and pop diva Whitney Houston, who are divorcing after 14 years of marriage, have a 13-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
It was the latest in a series of child support troubles for Brown, a Boston native best known for the solo hit "Don't Be Cruel." In 2004, he was sentenced to 90 days in prison for missing three months of payments, but the sentence was suspended after he paid about $15,000. He also paid $11,000 in delinquent child support in October after being threatened with arrest.