"While I respect Rihanna's right to discuss the specificevents of February 8, I maintain my position that all of the details shouldremain a private matter between us," he said in the statement. "I doappreciate her support and wish her the best. I am extremely sorry for what Idid, and I accept accountability for my actions. At this point, I am taking theproper steps to learn about me and grow from my mistakes. I only hope thatothers in similar situations can learn from our experience as well. Abuse ofany kind is always wrong. The rest I leave it to God."
While Chris Brown has avoided explaining the details of theassault in his interviews with Larry King and MTV correspondent Sway, Rihannacompletely opened up in a three part talk with Diane Sawyer.
It is today's segment of Rihanna's "Good Morning America"interview with Diane Sawyer that prompted Chris' response.
Rihanna gave Diane her account of what happened in the carafter the former couple left Clive Davis' annual Grammy party.
Rihanna revealed that Chris received a text message fromanother girl and when she confronted him about it, he lied. As they arguedabout the text message, the exchange escalated into Chris' violent outburst.
As Chris was beating Rihanna, she said she was hoping hewould stop. "That's all I kept thinking," Rihanna said. "When is it going tostop. When is it going to stop."
Rihanna said that Chris looked as if he had blacked outwhile he was hitting her. "He had no soul, just blank," Rihanna said. "Therewas no person when I looked at him."
Rihanna said her only option for getting home was to walk."I was bleeding. I was swollen in my face," she said. "My next option was toget out of the car and start walking in a gown and a bloody face."
The rest of Diane's interview will air tonight on "20/20."Rihanna will share more details of the incident.
Rihanna's emotional account of the ordeal will clearly sparkfurther backlash for Chris.
Chris has had some detractors since the attack,but those numbers are going to increase now that the victim has come forward and shared heraccount of what transpired.
In order for Chris to get past this tragedy, he needs touphold what he claims in the statement. He does not need to engage in his owncandid interviews in an attempt to get back at Rihanna.
He simply needs to be apologetic, and to uphold his courtorders of probation, community labor and counseling.