Embattled singer Chris Brown, who is currently facing multiple felony charges for allegedly assaulting girlfriend Rihanna, has WITHDRAWN his name from consideration for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
A statement, issued this morning through his reps, says "Chris very much appreciates the support of his fans and the honor they have paid him in the way of nominations for Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding the incident last month has shifted the focus from the music to whether he should be allowed to be among those nominated. While Chris would like to speak to his fans directly about this and other issues, pending legal proceedings preclude his doing so at this time. Once the matter before him has been resolved, he intends to do so."
The charges stem from an incident that occurred the night before the Grammys. According to charging papers, Rihanna, 21, read a text message from a woman on Brown's phone, which led to an argument. Brown then allegedly tried to force his girlfriend out of the Lamborghini, hit her head against the passenger window and then punched the singer while still driving. In addition he told her, "I'm going to beat the ---- out of you when we get home."
For their part, Nickelodeon released a statement saying "We agree with and respect his decision. [We] are looking forward to presenting a great event for our audience."