Chris Brown apologizes

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LOS ANGELES – Chris Brown on Monday publicly apologized for the beating of Rihanna, saying in a two-minute video that he’s still seeking help and wants to live his life as a role model.

LOS ANGELES – Chris Brown on Monday publicly apologized for the beating of Rihanna, saying in a two-minute video that he’s still seeking help and wants to live his life as a role model.

Brown released the video on his Web site apologizing to fans and saying he is sad and ashamed of his conduct. He also tells viewers that he has repeatedly apologized to Rihanna.

Brown was arrested Feb. 8, hours after he fought with his then-girlfriend in a rented sports car after a pre-Grammy party. According to a police affidavit, Brown tried to push the 21-year-old Barbados-born singer from the car and repeatedly hit her and choked her.

He is slated to serve five years of probation and perform six months of community labor.

On the video, Brown calls the beating “the incident.” He vows to conduct interviews and answer some questions about the beating but said he wanted to speak directly to fans first.

“I felt it was time you that heard directly from me that I am sorry,” he says on the video.

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