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Chris Brown's Dad Speaks Out

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People.com: Speaking out for the first time since his son's arrest, Chris Brown's biological father, Clinton Brown, tells PEOPLE his son is at home, reflective and filled with concern.

"He's reflecting on this situation," Brown, 44, a corrections officer, tells PEOPLE in an interview at his home outside Tappahannock, Va. "He's very remorseful. He's very concerned about the situation and he wants to make sure that [Rihanna's] okay.

"This is unfortunate, this stumble, this situation," Brown continues. "Hopefully, he will get past it. We all have our shortcomings. We all trip."

And Brown -- who flew to Los Angeles to attend the Grammys with his son but never made it to the show -- says there are "two sides to every story."

"If you are on his side, you are on his side," he says. "Just because someone trips, if you are truly a fan, you are not going to demonize him instantaneously."

The 19-year-old singer is under police investigation in Los Angeles for allegedly beating Rihanna, 20, early last Sunday morning.

Bouncing Back?

Brown says he spoke to his son in person on Feb. 12. "Let's just say he's home," Brown said, though he never offered a specific location. "Just know that he's home. He needed some time to get his thoughts together and regroup."

Calling his son a "lovable young man," Brown says he worries about the public backlash following the allegations of assault his son faces.

"This music industry is very unforgiving when it comes to having indiscretions," Brown says. "He will continue to be a good person. He loves people. And like most of us, most humans, things will occur. And hopefully a person won't be judged simply on that alone."

A Good Son

Like Chris's friends, who have spoken about Brown's easygoing nature, his father says Brown was well liked in school. "He had plenty of friends," he says. "All the kids gravitated to Chris."

As for how he feels about his son, Brown says, "As a father, I couldn't be more proud ... He's the light of my life."

And, he notes, as a teenager, he still has a lot of maturing to do. "I think he's [going to] grow as an individual," he says. "He's going to take from this situation and learn from it."


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69 comments so far | Post a comment now
ccur60 February 14, 2009, 11:03 AM

ummm…… stumble??

martinique February 14, 2009, 11:09 AM

since when is attacking a woman considered just a stumble…did his fist stumble into Rihanna’s face?

donald February 14, 2009, 11:10 AM

DAD PUT THE DRINK DOWN BEFORE YOU DO AN INTERVIEW…IT SHOULD HAVE GONE LIKE THIS…I AM SCHOCKED AN APALLED BY MY SONS BEHAVIOR…I HAVE PUT HIM INTO COUNSELING FOR HIS PROBLEM…PLEASE FORGIVE MY FAMILY FOR THIS INDISCRETION … HE WAS WRONG

marley February 14, 2009, 11:16 AM

Chris Brown needs help there is no excuse for hitting any one.
Get help

al February 14, 2009, 11:16 AM

whatever! u piece of garbage..Why would he do that!! That she is more talented? beautiful? he had no right! if he was not a celebrity he would fry! his dad is a fool my son had never beat down on a lady!

Illinois February 14, 2009, 11:17 AM

A stumble! Obviously his father is also a man who thinks hitting a woman is okay its “just a stumble” Oh please! I suppose when Chris has children he will raise them in the same way of thinking so the violence will continue.

CARLA February 14, 2009, 11:23 AM

WELL IN MY OPINION HE HUMAN AND HE DID HIT HER HE SHOULD PAID HIS MISTAKE WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO JUDGE CAUSE WE DONT KNOW WHAT REALLY WENT DOWN THERE SO DATS MY OPINION

J February 14, 2009, 11:24 AM

We were not there, nor does anybody have the right to judge someone. It always takes two to tangle. If you all want to speak out, you should have done it before now. Let us stop condoning unmarritial affairs with young couples. Sex before marriage is wrong and our children need to know this!!! We need to stop letting our emotions control our actions. All sin is sin!! You can’t act like this sin is greater than the others. Let us pray for our young adults to grow and mature into what God wants them to become. If you were to post your sins would we be as forgiving to you or blast you. God said love one another as I have loved you.

Liz February 14, 2009, 11:24 AM

abuse is abuse! how can anyone just sit back and call a situation like this a “trip?” what a load of crap!!!! if he really cared about Rihanna, he wouldn’t have hurt her. who knows how long this has been going on? most women don’t report abuse the first time.

JD February 14, 2009, 11:29 AM

We have all been taught that we are different then animals because we have the ability to reason, and that are conscience seperates us from other animals. Stating that we all “TRIP” dosn’t give any one the right to hit or beat anyone. Maybe when he said trip he ment on some sort of drug? I applude the radio stations for pulling his music off the air!!! The media puts these so called stars on pedistals and excuses their behavior. The record company should have the guts to look past their purse and dump him as well. When will the entitlement programs end just because stars think their above every one. Dad, maybe you should of taught your son right from wrong and then you would’nt have to appologize for his stupidity. Know wonder some of todays youth are under the assumption that they can do what ever they want with out being held responsible.

Vee February 14, 2009, 11:29 AM

Know one can judge but God

bk hawkins February 14, 2009, 11:30 AM

This young man certainly has a lot of maturing to do! Only an insecure personality would resort to inflicting physical or emotional abuse on a person he professes to care for.A little anger management or counseling would be a GOOD place to start! I’m not condoning his behavior, but I do understand the inability to control his emotions,which makes him unable to be in a stable relationship with anyone!

zilla February 14, 2009, 11:30 AM

I agree that there’re two sides to a story and Chris has some maturing to do. He’ll definitely learn from this… I can’t help wondering what rhianna did to push him to do that… something to think about eh? Remember, she’s not only older, she’s a lot more mature

LAQUINT February 14, 2009, 11:36 AM

BACK OFF CHRIS BROWN NO ONE WAS THERE BUT THEM TWO.SO POEOPLE NEED TO SHUT UP HE MADE A MISTAKE HOW DO WE KNOW SHE WASN’T DOING SOMETHING TO HIM .I’M A TRUE FAN OF HIM AND I WON’T TURN MY BACK ON HIM PEOPLE GET A LIFE

T February 14, 2009, 11:37 AM

HIS FATHER SHOULD HAVE BEEN REMORSEFUL, IT SEEMS AS IF HE’S JUST LIKE OH WELL, WHAT HAPPENED HAPPENED. EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY, CHRIS BROWN NEEDS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS ACTIONS!!!!!!!!!!

chris February 14, 2009, 11:37 AM

he should be given a seconds,tell me who has not gone through this situation before if the likes of kate moss could be given a second chance why not chris,
i believe he is regretting is action by now.we should not make things worse for him by condeming him totally.that does not mean i condole is action,i just feel he should be given a fair chance to do the right thing

big t February 14, 2009, 11:40 AM

i understand what view he is comig from me being young myself i have been in that situation..but u learn that is not the right ay to go..u have to think about the situation..we wasnt there we dont really know what happened only they do…maybe it wored both ways!!!

chris February 14, 2009, 11:41 AM

he should be given a seconds chance,tell me who has not gone through this situation before if the likes of kate moss could be given a second chance why not chris,
i believe he is regretting is action by now.we should not make things worse for him by condeming him totally.that does not mean i condole is action,i just feel he should be given a fair chance to do the right thing.


Miss T February 14, 2009, 11:44 AM

No one truly knows what really happened in that car. There are two sides to every story. Who is to say he wasn’t provoked. I’m not saying it is right, but again…there are two sides to every story.

D. Divine February 14, 2009, 11:47 AM

How about “Innocent until PROVEN guilty”?!?!?! Nobody commenting, including myself knows the whole truth of the situation. Yes, hitting women is wrong, but what if this is a case of self defense? What if Rihanna threw the first punch? It has been documented that she had Chris followed and was spying on him, which shows lack of trust and often a sign of a controlling personality. Did she come at him in a hostile and violent manner for some supposed indiscretion? If that’s the case then Chris could claim his actions are self defense pure and simple.
If Chris was defending himself, I am sure to wager that none of you would even post back an apology for making judgements you’re not qualified to make.
Either way, whether Chris OR Rhianna was at fault, it is a shame and both should be held into account in a COURT OF LAW, not in the peanut gallery of public opinion!


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