Terrence Howard and T.I. take back statements supporting Chris Brown

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Terrence Howard and T.I. came out separately in support of Chris Brown in the wake of reports that he beat his girlfriend, singer Rihanna, to the point of leaving her unconscious with a split lip and black eye. Both are now saying that they made those statements before they knew the supposed facts of the case and are retracting comments favorable to Brown, which may haven been interpreted as being dismissive of how serious the allegations are:

When asked by paparazzi last night if he had any comment on the Chris Brown incident with Rihanna, the actor said, “It’s just life, man. Chris is a great guy. He’ll be all right. And Rihanna knows he loves her. She’ll be all right. Just everybody’s got to get out of their way.”

But now, Howard is insisting he didn’t know about the allegations made against Brown when he made his remarks.

“When they asked me about Chris Brown the other day, I was in no way aware of what he had been accused of,” Howard said in a statement. “Had I known, I would have never had said something so insensitive.”
Howard is the second high-profile celeb in as many days to retract remarks they made about Brown and Rihanna.

Rapper T.I. issued a statement yesterday regretting comments he made the night before on Last Call With Carson Daly. T.I. said he “made a mistake of commenting before understanding the situation.”
T.I. told Daly that he had spoken to Brown since the alleged incident occurred early Sunday morning. “I told him, ‘This too shall pass.’ We’re celebrities, we’re entertainers, but we’re still human—all of us,” he said. “Don’t expect us not to make mistakes because we will.”

[From E! Online]

I believe them. Not everyone follows celebrity gossip as closely as we do, and they may have only heard brief reports and assumed that something else happened before more details came out. T.I. knows Brown and probably doesn’t consider him capable of something as barbaric as strangling and biting someone.

It’s possible these advance details we’ve been hearing, supposedly leaked from inside the LAPD, are incorrect and that the situation is different than we’ve been told. It’s best for celebrities to err on the safe side, though, and not to say they’re supportive of someone who was supposedly capable of doing that. It makes your heart sink to even think about that situation and you hope Rihanna is ok. If Chris did that to her, he needs to be prosecuted. A British source is reporting that Rihanna needs plastic surgery. I’ve seen that same paper routinely make up and embellish stories and am hoping that one is complete BS.

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  1. Leandra says:

    It is very odd how everyone seems to be on Chris Brown’s side after this violent crime he committed. Maybe people just don’t know the facts? Not sure why else they would defend him…it’s nauseating to watch them say how great he is.

  2. mel says:

    well everything is speculation until they go to court, if they go to court. i’m not taking sides. i would like to hear the whole story under oath.

  3. Shelly Shellz says:

    I agree w Mel. Its still hearsay

  4. Val says:

    At 19 years old, rich, successful and surrounded by a “stereotype” culture of bling, broads and misogyny, as well as being brought up in a violent household, Chris Brown was an accident waiting to happen. He’s too young to reason out and control the negative influences in his life. Under NO circumstances is it defendable to attack a woman even during an argument.

  5. Giz says:

    I’m not backing Brown and it is interesting that he did surrender to the police. However, as someone else pointed out, we really don’t know all the facts in this case. Oh and btw, whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty”? Thanks to the media, that concept has been ompletely thrown out the window. Never mind that they will print just about anything without fact-checking it. What about the report that went out on the A/P wire regarding the woman who broke the swim record. Turns out the story was a LIE!

  6. xiaoecho says:

    Unless many many people, including police officers and doctors are lying, or Rihanna bashed herself up, the evidence is pretty conclusive. The police do not take photos when there are no injuries

  7. Obvious says:

    YOu know I’m not a fan of Casey Anthony, nut that woman will never get a fair trial, they media has already taken her to court and convicted (ahem Nancy grace).

    Same thing here. Before this gets to trial (which it won’t it will get settled) he will have already been tried by the media circus and found guilty (or maybe innocent-bizzare as that could be).

    Amanda Knox is facing that same problem in Italy, though the prosecuter there is also being accused of not properly investigating the crime she’s accused of.

    The media needs to stop making assumptions and presenting them as the truth and interjecting their thoughts and ideas into the “news”

    (Yes I know I like to read it-still doesn’t make t right)

  8. mojoman says:

    Casey Anthony is a pathological liar, there is no way in the world any sane judge/jury will believe a word she said. As for CB, if he wants to clarify his story then step forward and go public, or use his PR machine. but speaking of PR machine, it seems they are pretty useless in Octo-mommy’s case since the AP just mentioned that she has gone into hiding due to threats and negative comments (I suspect some of you have contributed to it LOL)

  9. xiaoecho says:

    Mojoman……”Octo-mommy” LOL LOL LOL

  10. Anoneemouse says:

    Too much fame too fast plus too much booze (and possibly other substances) = nothing good will happen.

  11. Dan says:

    it appears they are only apologising because they’ve realised the negativity which is being directed towards chris brown and don;t want to get caught in the cross fire.

    both are stupid idiots who should keep their mouths shut!

  12. dinotopia says:

    you never think your friend is capable of doing something bad. everyone likes to think they chose their friends well. it’s one of the reasons DV survivors in small towns or within the law enforcement community sometimes have a really hard time – no one believes them until something truly horrendous happens and they can’t ignore it any more. seems like that’s the case here.