Chris Brown: Apologetic and Treatment-Bound

Chris Brown, who was arrested last weekend on suspicion of attacking a woman, has issued a public apology and announced that he plans to seek counseling, Reuters reports.

In a statement issued by a PR company retained by Brown, the 19-year-old R&B star declared himself “sorry and saddened” about the incident.

“Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired,” the statement reads. “I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.”

Brown also states that media reports about the incident are largely erroneous. “Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and/or reported in the media is wrong,” Brown states. “While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook, on blogs or any place else. Those posts or writings under my name are frauds.”

Though reports vary on the incident and officials have yet to positively identify Brown’s girlfriend, singer Rihanna, as the victim, various accounts suggest that Brown got into an altercation with Rihanna in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles following record honcho Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys party. According to one report, Rihanna—who’s said to be cooperating with authorities in the investigation—told police that Brown had choked her and threatened to kill her after she threw the keys of his Lamborghini out the window. 

One source says that photos of the “Umbrella” singer taken by police depict “devastating proof of abuse.”

Have your say in the comments section: Is Brown’s apology too little, too late, or should he be commended for acknowledging his responsibility?