Randy Jackson Speaks Out About Rihanna and Chris Brown

Count Randy Jackson among the many celebrities who have something to say about the beating that Rihanna allegedly suffered at the hands of Chris Brown earlier this month.

“Once again, it’s really, really unfortunate,” the American Idol judge tells Black Voices magazine. “I saw them together at Clive’s [Davis] party on the night of the incident and just two very young talented people. Hate to see it go down that way.”

(Brown was arrested on February 8, following a reported early-morning argument with Rihanna that allegedly got physical. Prior the incident, the couple had attended music-biz honcho Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party.)

Even though he believes the situation is regrettable, Jackson reserves a degree of sympathy for young stars like Brown, who live every moment of their lives in the public eye.

“Every move is documented and the pressures for a young kid, being in this today,” Jackson reflects. “Man, I can’t even imagine.”

That’s a fairly diplomatic viewpoint. But then, Jackson has been working side-by-side with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul for the better part of a decade. The man’s no doubt learned to tolerate all sorts of objectionable behavior.