Randy Jackson Speaks Out About Rihanna and Chris Brown
"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.