The video: Appearing on Good Morning America to promote his new album, R & B star Chris Brown grew agitated when host Robin Roberts prodded him about his 2009 assault of pop star Rihanna. (Watch the video below.) Though the 21-year-old singer attempted to deflect her questions, claiming, "It's not really a big deal to me now... I think I'm past that in my life," Roberts repeatedly steered the three-minute conversation back to Brown's arrest. After the tense exchange, Brown played one of his new songs for a studio audience. But afterward, staffers report that he grew angry, shouting and carrying on before walking (shirtless) out of the ABC building. Employees then reportedly discovered that Brown had trashed his dressing room and smashed a window with a chair, causing glass shards to fall onto the street below. A few minutes later, Brown tweeted, "I'm so over people bringing this past sh*t up! Yet we praise Charlie Sheen and other celebs for their bullsh*t!"
The reaction:
"Like any low-class fool ready to throw down, Brown took off his shirt and (sort of) threatened a GMA segment producer," says Victor Gonzalez at the Miami New Times. "Who would've ever guessed" that he could be so violent? Sure, this Brown segment was great TV, but "where was this tough line of questioning when Charlie Sheen was on ABC?" says Drew Grant at Salon. Sheen has a long history of abusing women, yet none of the interviewers on his exhaustive media tour pressed him on the issue. Watch the interview that made Brown so angry: