Did Chris Brown threaten Usher and force him to retract his statements?

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For the last month I’ve been puzzling over why so many celebrities are being so careful with what they say about Chris Brown. I understand not wanting to rush to condemn someone, but in this case it seems utterly ridiculous. Well, it looks like we now have a clue, and it sounds like it has a lot to do with Chris himself. It seems he’s issued at least one phone call threatening someone who said something barely negative about him. Usher, in fact. And considering how relatively benign Usher’s comment was, it makes me wonder what other calls Chris Brown’s been making.

Usher may have retracted his recent statement slamming Chris Brown, but we hear he may have been forced to do so.

“Have a little bit of remorse, man. The man’s on Jet Skis? Like, just relaxing in Miami?” Usher (r.) questioned indignantly after seeing photos of Brown cavorting in Florida following Brown’s alleged battering of Rihanna. But just days later, the R&B star took back his statements, which he made in a video for Jermaine Dupri’s “Living the Life” series.

“Usher was basically forced to issue a retraction,” an insider tells us. “After all of his comments came out, Usher got a call from Chris, who said ‘I’m going to see you b—es’ — meaning ‘I will eventually see you out, and this is going to be a problem.’”

But Brown’s beef wasn’t just with Usher. “Chris (r.) got tough with everyone present in that video,” our source says. “He wanted silence from all parties involved.”

Brown’s rep called the story “completely untrue,” while Usher’s flack said, “He was not asked or forced [to apologize]. Usher issued an apology for the comments made towards all parties mentioned in the clip.”

Indeed, Usher told the media: “The comments made during a recent recording session amongst friends were taken out of context and blown out of proportion. I apologize on behalf of myself and my friends, if anyone was offended. The intentions were not to pass judgment, and we meant no harm. I respect and wish the best for all parties involved.”

His regrets were even personally extended to Brown. Says our insider: “To Chris, he was like ‘My bad. We were just clowning around and it went a little too far.’”

[From Gatecrasher]

Usher’s comments were so benign, and definitely not an outright criticism – though I would like to have heard direct condemnation from more celebrities. A lot of celebs have also flip-flopped. At first Kanye West said how horrible the assault was, and noted that Rihanna was like a sister to him. Then he changed his tune and said we should give Brown a break. Did Chris give him a call too?

Obviously we can’t know who all Chris Brown might have contacted to request and/or demand their silence. But let’s take the case of Usher, since that’s what this article is about. Since when is Chris Brown bigger than Usher? Brown is just 19 and relatively new to the business. I remember getting my first advertisement for an Usher single in a TLC cassette tape I bought in 1994. It took him a while to break out, but he’s been in the music industry for 15 years. No way does Brown hold more clout, and I cannot for the life of me figure out why Usher acquiesced to the wishes of some piss ant woman beater.

I hope whoever else gets a call chooses to slam down the phone and stand up for what’s right instead.

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  1. Lem says:

    Baby, Baby, Baby
    You’re so right. I don’t see Usher or anyone bowing down to Chris Brown.
    Somebody somewhere (how’s that for fact) said that they can’t comment because if they do it would effect (in Brown’s favor) the court case. I think a lawyer on Larry King.

  2. Roni says:

    I really see NO REASON why Usher would be “afraid” of that little boy!

  3. Wow says:

    LOL. No one is affraid of Chris Brown, and apparently neither is Rhiana being that the official report states that she lashed out at him first.

    When will people (couples) learn, violence from either side is not going to solve the problem. I can understand trying to protect yourself from an intruder or protecting a child from harm. But hitting a guy because of a text is juvenile. Chris retaliating in that way is juvenile too. Just break up, walk away and move on with your lives.

    This is the relationship they choose to have and I have no sympathy for either of them.

  4. Wow says:

    “Sticking up for women” is not regulated to only come from the white part of the human race.

    But I do think I get what you are trying to say with that comment. It just “reads” differently when you first lay eyes on it. 😉

  5. anna says:

    I wonder who Chris has on his side, a super producer or something, that gives him the weight to make someone like Kanye retract his statement… I think it’s more likely that Rihanna is calling in favours w/ people she’s close to.

  6. Wench says:

    As much as I’d love it, I can’t see Kanye bending over and letting Chris Brown be the man.

  7. OXA says:

    I am sick of both of them and disgusted that Nickelodeon is backing him.

  8. Anoneemouse says:

    Well it certainly sounds like Chris Brown is not controlling…(rolling of the eyes). Can only imagine how he is with Rihanna.

  9. Blah blah blah says:

    I do/would totally believe it, except I think it would be from record company execs or people similarly influential, and not Chris Brown (because, as already said, wtf would anyone care about Chris Brown?).

  10. guest says:

    someone should tell that little pischer to step off like yesterday.

  11. evie says:

    chris brown thinks he can abuse, pester, and browbeat everyone. dosn’t he? he must really have a small one to feel the need to do that.

    chris, go back to your manager and just go away. nobody wants to hear from you. and she likes you.

  12. Sumeria says:

    The problem is that it is hard to want more for someone than they want for themself.

    I doubt that threats were needed. A simple, “BTW, you might want to know we are back together.” is about all it would take.

    It is one thing for the abuser to set you down in public – who would care- but getting set down by the victim is another thing.

    If there is even the slightest chance that Rhianna would not aprreciate the support/reminder, then, yeah most folks are going to keep thier opinion to themselves.

    If reports of a reunion are true, then not only the two, but ALL the folks that earn money from them will close ranks, and that could pose a problem for any star.

    No it is never OK to hit. But I will be damed if I am going to take a punch trying to stop it, if there is any chance the blow could come from the victim trying to get back in there.

  13. andy says:

    Surely Usher can take care of himself anyway? Get writing again Usher, we are waiting for a new album!

  14. Renee says:

    I would seriously not be surprised if Rihanna herself was calling people and begging them to retract their statements.

  15. TSS says:

    Usher hasn’t put out a hit in 4 years. If he’s smart, Usher will slap himself silly with a spatula and send the picture to TMZ to get some attention…

    Tell ’em Chris Brown did this shit to me after he saw his AT&T bill.

  16. mihaela says:

    We are so turning him into a superstar by talking this much about him.. the worst kind of superstar, albeit, but stil.. a superstar. That would be the icing on the cake.

  17. LisaRod says:

    STOP!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!! I am so sick and tired of Chris Brown and Rihanna. They are both BAD examples for youth. Him for hitting her and her for taking him back. What type of example are they setting for young people. This whole story is getting ridiculous!

  18. mif says:

    Sign the Nickelodeon petition to send a message to kids that this behaviour is not okay:

  19. j. ferber says:

    Chris Brown is a minor celebrity at best. Men who can’t call each other out for despicable behavior are cowards and enablers. God, if a woman celebrity even wears the wrong outfit, she’s condemned universally on every gossip site. The only conclusion I can draw is that it’s more acceptable to beat a woman than it is to wear an ugly dress.

  20. Di says:

    Dear So Sick And Tired Of This:

    You don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m African American, and I know A LOT of black people, male and female, who are DISGUSTED by Chris Brown’s behavior.

    How dare you slam an entire race of people that way. Remember, most cases of domestic violence involve

  21. Crystal says:

    I keep hearing that it’s actually Clive Davis that is calling up these musicians and making them change their tune. Some of them initially condemn Chris Brown for the attacks – then they take it back. Clive has the power. I’ve heard he’s a very nasty man. At least he can’t control Oprah or Donald Trump.

  22. Feebee says:

    Can’t see why Usher would back down to Chris Brown personally. He’s a little pissant thug. Usher must have had a request from someone with a little more going for them.

    Disappointed with Nickelodeon.

  23. DD says:

    This is so creepy, I have a feeling that a lot of people are being threatened to keep this on the down low. Probably some top executives that stand to lose a lot of money if Chris’s career goes down the drain.

  24. yasmin says:

    Well chris is associated with diddy, who apparently has mafia relations… IDK.

  25. anonymous says:

    Forget about all this and lets focus on the monster comeback of Usher’s career. I know that this time around his new album will ultimate fire. This will be a good time for everyone to once again know why Usher is the superstar he will always be. Chris Brown will never reach Usher’s status and he is a shameless fool.

  26. Lily says:

    Rihanna hit Chris Brown many times before this major accident. She slaped him several times in the past and he never replied. She said it. She slaped him and hit him firts that day to. If a man don’t have to hit a woman, what is absolutly right, a woman don’t have either.
    I think rihanna and Brown have a passionate relationship, in the wrong sense. Rihanna says she coudn’t handle seeing Brown with a another girl, that’s why she took him back. It describe perfectly the nature of their relationship. This is a passionate relationship, destructive and of course violent. Famous teenagers always have complicated relationship because there’re not rise in a family structure which make them feel protected. They have emotional problem. It’s true for almost grown up kids or teen celebs. They both need help. There is another things I didn’t see on your site: The message chris brown received on his phone was from his manager who dated him when he was only 16! She’s turning 40 now. Go on TMZ you will read the entire story. I’m sorry but I think the owner of this site is not impartial, you have to give all the news and not select what is ok with your personal statement. Rihanna is a victim, yes, I think Chris is to blame but he ’s in some way also a victim in their relationship.

  27. MIA says:

    It is not okay for a man to hit a woman but anybody who hit someone should expect to be hit back! I know she started it when she hit you chris, she wanted to fight so you gave her one. Its not your fault she lost!