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Chris Brown Fans: ‘Give Him A Second Chance’

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The line of concertgoers in front of Hollywood's Avalon was wrapped around thecorner Wednesday night. ChrisBrown's FanAppreciation Tour was making its Los Angeles stop. The venue that accommodates 1,100 patronswas sold out.

The crowd was abuzz, anxious to see the 20-year-old pop staron stage. The tour promoting the December 8 release of his third album,"Graffiti," is also a comeback effort. It's his first road show since hisFebruary 8 felony assault on his former girlfriend, Rihanna.

Fans in attendance held no grudges against the performer whoseintricate dance moves have earned him comparisons to the late Michael Jackson.

Mack McConkey, a 47-year-old father from Ventura, California,brought his 16-year-old daughter and her three friends who are the same age.After the incident, McConkey spoke to his daughter about domestic abuse. Heinitially felt hesitancy about continuing to support Brown.

"It didn't seem politically correct at the time to stay,'Hey, you know let's give him a second chance right away," McConkey said. "Andthen it came out what actually occurred. I think that is where the forgivenessprocess started."

Some McConkey's female co-workers did not agree with him. "Acouple ladies I work with weren't happy about me taking my daughter to seehim," he said. "But I don't think they were ready to say, 'Okay, let's jumpback on the Chris Brown wagon.'"

Another parent it attendance agreed that Brown deserved asecond chance. Los Angelesresident Yvette Young, 43, brought her 17-year-old daughter to the show.

Young said her daughter was influenced by some of the rumorsthat Rihanna provoked the altercation. "She's kinda on the fence about it,"Young said. "You know all the controversy about what [Rihanna] did. Not sayingit was right that he did anything to her behind what she did."

Young's 19-year-old son, however, has not supported Brown sincethe attack, and elected not to join them at the concert. "He's like I don'twant to go see him," Young said.

Young saw a remorseful side of Brown during his interviewwith Sway on MTV. "I watched the interview the other day," Young said. "Heseemed like he was really genuine. And people make mistakes. Hopefully, he canlearn from it."

One woman who referred to Brown as her "little Boo BooCakes" said the tragic evident did not negatively affect her feelings for thesinger.

"I don't think what he did was right," said Lita London, 23,"but it didn't make me like him any less."

Londonis adamant Rihanna did something to prompt Brown to beat her. "I thoughtRihanna really deserved it," Londonsaid. "She should have got it worse."

London,who described herself as an aggressive woman who likes to "get beat up,"stressed that there are two sides of every story.

"I know there are things she has done, shady things she hasdone to make him do this," Londonsaid. "Otherwise, he would have been sick to actually do that."

A 15-year-old girl from Newport Beach, Californiasaid that Brown's artistry helped her cope with his mistake.

"I was a little upset about it," Briana said about Brown'sassault on Rihanna. "But I just think he's just a really, really goodentertainer. So I had to forgive."

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