Chris Brown on Larry King Live: I don’t remember beating Rihanna

CNN has released a clip of Chris Brown’s interview with Larry King, along with a few excerpts. And boy is it unimpressive. Now Larry King is one of the worst interviewers out there. There must have been a time when he was at least decent or I don’t know how he would have lasted so long. But that was certainly eons ago, because Larry doesn’t toss out anything other than soft balls. I’m actually embarrassed for him. So not surprisingly, in the clip released – which I would assume is one of the best clips so CNN can generate some good buzz – Larry doesn’t ask anything insightful, nor does he apparently push Chris Brown on his answers.

Chris, naturally, claims not to remember a single thing about beating the crap out of Rihanna. How very convenient. He’s also obviously lying, since he’s looking down the whole time, never once at Larry or the camera. And he’s searching for words… though the kid obviously has a really hard time coming up with more than about six of them. “Wow” being the best one.

If you think Chris Brown’s fans were floored when they heard about his assault of Rihanna, well, their shock had nothing on the R&B star’s. That is, if his first interview about the incident—set to air on Larry King Live’s hallowed, softball-lined halls Wednesday—is to be believed.

A short (and we mean short) portion of Brown’s interview with the suspender king, recorded at CNN’s Hollywood HQ last Wednesday, was released online this morning in which Brown, flanked by his contrite and supportive mother, Joyce Hawkins, and attorney Mark Geragos, revealed that he had no recollection of the bloody altercation earlier this year.

“No, I don’t,” he said, when asked whether he remembers beating up his superstar ex-girlfriend. “It’s like, it’s crazy to me. I’m like, wow.”

Equally wow-worthy? Brown’s revelation to People that he’s still in love with Rihanna. “I never fell out of love with her,” he said. “That just wouldn’t go away.” Brown, who told the magazine he was “distraught” over his behavior and “broke down” in front of his mother, said that he did not feel he was part of the cycle of abuse he witnessed as a child, claiming to be different from his stepfather, who regularly abused his mom. “I feel like he enjoyed it. He was an abuser. It was continuous.”

And while Brown’s indefensible behavior was not a one-time deal, he is still apparently having a hard time coming to grips with himself. “I just look at it like, wow, I’m in shock, ’cause first of all, that’s not who I am as a person,” Brown told King, when asked what he thinks after he hears the gory details of the police report taken on the scene last February. “And that’s not who I pride myself on being. “When I look at the police reports or I hear about the police reports, I don’t know what to think. I just don’t know what to think. It’s just like, wow.” Wow, indeed. Clearly, he’s a man of few words. Here’s hoping one of them is “sorry.” The rest of Brown’s conciliatory musings can be seen in full on Wednesday night.

[From E! News]

What struck me most about this teeny, tiny, short clip was how inarticulate and generally dumb Chris Brown comes across. “It’s like, it’s crazy to me. I’m like, wow,” is not a normal reaction nor a normal thing to say when told you’ve beaten your girlfriend black and blue. “Wow.” Wow. Over and over again. “Wow.” I’m actually not surprised by this, because I think a smarter man would have been able to make a smarter decision. He wouldn’t have joked about it and blown $300,000 on customized bling mocking the vicious beating.

Strictly from my own observations, it seems to me that people with Chris’ sort of rage are too stupid to use words to convey their anger. So – feeling impotent – they resort to physical violence. That’s just my theory, but so far the kid is coming off as a numskull. At no point has he done the right thing. He waited way too long to say he was sorry. And he only says he’s remorseful in very vague terms in public, then immediately goes out and parties or records videos blaming everyone else for his problems. Chris really did need a much more severe punishment for his crime. There’s no way you can convince me he won’t do this again.

Here’s Chris Brown arriving at Guys and Dolls nightclub on August 11th. Images thanks to .

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  1. Praise St. Angie! says:

    This stupid F*CK STILL doesn’t get it.

    From the CNN page…

    “But, he added, it is tough for him to look at the photo showing Rihanna’s battered face, the one image that might haunt and define him forever.

    “When I look at it now, it’s just like, wow, like, I can’t believe that that actually happened,” Brown said.

    “I can’t believe that that actually happened”, not “I can’t believe I DID THAT”.

    it didn’t just “happen” you piece of shit, YOU DID IT.

    I hope someone (like JayZ) beats the crap out of him and then says “gee, I’m really sorry that happened, man”.

  2. KansasRefugee says:

    I think Chris Brown is culpable here and I think his behavior reflects broader societal attitudes and messages where women are seen as objects to be controlled and are getting abused.

    One question though: Is Rihanna culpable for initiating at least one of the physical fights (she slapped him first)?

  3. Ron says:

    A**HOLE! I think Ike Turner said the same thing.

  4. saintdevil says:

    While it is _never_ ok to use violence – don’t you think a girl slapping someone is in a different league than beating, biting, choking & threatening to kill someone who is physically much weaker than yourself…?

  5. Magsy says:

    Is he for real?

  6. Neelyo says:

    His PR team should keep him from speaking in public, it’s not helping.

  7. hatsumomo says:

    Yeah Praise St. Angie!: cause Jayz likes to beat the shit out of men AND women….And that was sarcasm if you didnt get it.

  8. Lenora says:

    At least Rihanna wasn’t a Playboy model, because according to some on here she would have gotten what she deserved for behaving like an object.

  9. RubyKaur says:

    Shame on CNN for even giving him “airtime”!!! CB is not even close to redemption!

  10. KansasRefugee says:


    Yes, we can debate degrees of culpability (i.e. that his violence was worse than hers). I do think missing in this is at least some acknowledgment of her culpability, though (even if it is much less).


    You are seeing things as “all or nothing.” Neither Queenie nor I would excuse the abusive behavior. We just want the Playboy model and Rihanna to own their own roles as well. We can’t get out from under the abuse if women are not seen as co-actors in these problems, who take responsibility for their actions. We are not passive objects. That is NOT to say that Chris Brown is not guilty, and far more guilty than Rihanna.

  11. Sudini says:

    The issue of whether or not Rihanna is at all culpable for contributing to any physical altercations is so totally irrelevent it borders on blaming the victim. The victim being the only one of these two with actual cuts and bruises all over her face.

    Plus, I think CB makes an excellent point about stupidity contributing to violence brought on mental impotency. He definitely comes across as stupid but also ignorant because the people closest to him are enabling him and sheltering him rather than forcing him to face the fact that this IS a part of who he is and something he needs to fix.
    Oh, and the fact that he’s suddenly dressed like an 8 year old boy on Easter Sunday is a little transparent, don’tcha think? He’s such a turd.

  12. saintdevil says:

    I’m sorry, but I can’t and won’t understand someone whose first reaction when a woman gets beaten up is to look how it may have been her own fault…

  13. Anonymous says:

    Here here, Jaybird. Numskull, indeed. It was definitely a mistake on the part of his PR team to let this guy speak in public. However, it seems that if certain footage of post-sentencing and message board full of adoring fans are any indication, this moron doesn’t have to try hard at all.

  14. Diane says:

    He doesn’t remember? Just another daily activity like brushing his teeth.

    I can see him in anger management classes now, smug and arrogant.

    I hope LK took some heat on this. He’s simply become a doddering old fool on interviews.

  15. Praise St. Angie! says:

    well, hatsumomo, would you prefer Chuck Lidell do it?

    or maybe Jackie Chan?

  16. Enonymous says:

    Well said JayBird. Trying to reason with dumb abusers like Chris Brown will result to nothing but a waste of time and breath on your part, they need a dose of their own medicine by giving them a good beating. If his mom has any backbone she should beat him into a bloody pulp and teaching him how to respect women the hard way.

  17. Velvet Elvis says:

    I think Chris Brown’s real crime is in wearing that bow tie…..

  18. Sudini says:

    Well said SaintDevil. I have been so upset throughout all of this at just how many people (sadly, a lot of them young girls)who were the first to comment on his fan pages about how she probably started for it/was asking for it. They’re being taught that abused women deserve to be treated that way, and will probably end up accepting abuse themselves because of that twisted logic.
    And so many people perpetuate this destructive line of thinking by saying things like “I’m not saying it’s ok for a guy to beat up a girl, but I heard she slapped him first”. That’s just a passive aggressive way of justifying abuse. The bottom line is, it’s disgusting and wrong to take such violent advantage of someone who is physically (or mentally) smaller and/or weaker. Whether it’s a man vs. a woman, an adult vs. a child, a person versus an animal, etc.

    A bully is a bully and there is never any excusing that.

  19. ash says:

    well at least he didn’t wear anything crazy like a bright blue sweater and a bowtie….. oh wait

  20. ! says:

    “I don’t remember”…really? REALLY? That’s all he can come up with? He thinks we’re THAT stupid?

  21. sarah says:

    This is really irritating. He’s claiming he doesn’t remember beating Rhianna up. OK. So, basically he’s either lying about that because he thinks it will make it look better, or if he really doesn’t remember it, it will likely happen again and he can just say “oops, i don’t remember anything” What a bunch of bull. He should have just said, yes, I did it. It was terrible and I was out of control but now I know how to control my anger and this will never happen again.

  22. OXA says:

    He is an ignorant thug who now values his image.

  23. queenie says:

    spoken like a true psychopath…too bad women (his mother comes to mind) still defend these guys

  24. Iggles says:

    I agree queenie!

    He’s definitely a narcissist. I thought he was a sociopath, but if he was he’d be able to turn on the waterworks. Yes, psychopath describes him quite well..


  25. mark says:

    Can’t he speak normally? I could barely understand him. Is he a mental deficient? “I mean like wow”????
    He sounds like a complete loser\moron.
    I don’t believe for one second he doesn’t remember and if he doesn’t, he shouldn’t be allowed on the streets.
    As far as I am concerned he is OVER.

  26. p3rp3tu4 says:

    FAKE. Sociopath, psychopath…just GO AWAY. The public should not have to be subjected to seeing his face or hearing of him again.

  27. pepper says:

    This guy is such a tool! I can’t stand looking at his face and the minute his music is on the air, I change the station. How can music producers even want him still?

  28. dubdub2000 says:

    LOL @ Ash, spot on.

    Seriously though after all this time you would think that his PR people and lawyers would have coached him better. If I were his mother, I don’t care if I was on Larry King I would have just slapped him right there and then for saying “Wow” like some dumb*ss.

    How can he talk about “what happened” and “what transpired” and all that crap. At what point does he own his behavior? Never? If so he should not be on probation.

    And why is this interview not live? How scripted and edited is it going to be?! I don’t see that helping him at all. Larry King has become the Jay Leno of interview shows, Mr. softball. Geraldo Riviera has more freaking cred than him these days: sad, very sad.

    The whole thing is a clusterf*ck.

    I can understand how you can find out that there is a monster living in you , I can’t understand the apathy though. I would be devastated to realize I’m that kind of person and would make every single possible effort to rid myself of that side and make amends, no matter what kind of psycho b*tch provoked me.

  29. Cheyenne says:

    They should throw him into a jail cell with a dozen hard-core jailhouse rapists. Bet he’d remember that.

  30. Firestarter says:

    Typical woman beater response: I don’t remember, I am shocked, it isn’t like me to do such a thing, blah, blah, blah.

    I will say it again: It is NEVER okay to hit a woman. If the woman starts the violence, then the men need to walk away from her then and the relationship period. There is no excuse. Those who say Rihanna bears responsibility need to look at the bigger picture.

  31. Annabelle says:

    It’s like he hasn’t connected what happened, with his actions. He’s not accepting responsibility, not really.

    Saintdevil I agree with you. You know, my cat has bitten me before, does that mean I should choke it? (For all you dumb-f*cks, NO! It doesn’t mean that. Why? Because it couldn’t defend itself, its not a fair fight, pick on someone ur own size ETC)

  32. omondieu says:

    Dressing like Pee-Wee Herman will never aid one’s cause…

  33. the stig says:

    Chris is a turd how could you beat someone soo badly and claim not to remember unless you crazy as f&%k and if you ARE really that crazy how the hell u just get probation and not in a mental health facility?
    like wow ummm man its like wow.

    give me a break you r a loser boy just now a loser AND a liar in baby blue lol

  34. KittensMcGee says:

    Whatever Rihanna did to him (slap him, yell at him, what have you) beating her black and blue was wrong. I’m not saying Rihanna gets a pass for hitting him, because that’s wrong too. But it doesn’t make him any less culpable for what he did.

    Flying into a blind, crazy rage wherein you forget what you’ve done probably indicates that you should seek psychiatric treatment. Saying you don’t remember beating your girlfriend because it was a bad thing to do and now you look bad is not taking responsibility.

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