*A rep for ABC has released a statement defending its “Good Morning America” interview with Chris Brown in the wake of his violent behavior following the segment.
“As always, we ask questions that are relevant and newsworthy,” the rep said in the statement. “And that’s what we did in this interview with Mr. Brown.”
As previously reported, Brown didn’t appreciate questions from host Robin Roberts regarding his beating of Rihanna. After the interview, he reportedly trashed his dressing room (a window was broken, with shards of glass falling into Times Square) and stormed out of the studios with his shirt off.
Brown was on the ABC morning show to promote today’s release of his album “F.A.M.E.” According to TMZ, Roberts and other “GMA” staffers approached Brown before his appearance and got the green light from him to ask a few questions about the Rihanna incident.
During his interview with Roberts, she asked him about the 2009 attack on his then-girlfriend — preceding her questions by noting he had been “very good” about talking about the attack.
“It was very serious what you went through and what happened,” she said. “How have you been able to …”
A clearly agitated Brown tried to deflect the line of questioning, saying he was past that and wanted to focus on his new CD.
“This album is what I want them to talk about and not what happened two years ago,” he said.
Roberts laughed and thanked Brown for letting her discuss that matter with him, and after the interview, Brown performed.
[Watch interview below.]
But instead of performing another song for the online audience, as he was scheduled to do, he went to his dressing room and started smashing things, according to a source contacted by the AP.
Sources told E! News that the star “went ballistic” in his dressing room – cursing, throwing furniture, and making show staffers “feel scared.”
The source explained: “After Robin got a lot of criticism for [not pressing] Tiger [Woods], she pressed him. She was concerned after she was slammed for that. Chris thought he’d be asked one question, not pressed on it. They say, ‘We’ll ask you one Rihanna question,’ but she kept asking follow-ups. He got off and went crazy.”
“He smashed a chair into a window and that glass is so thick, people heard shattering and security was called,” the source added. “It was to the point where people were scared. The question is now how ABC will report it.”
Sources tell People a similar story, with an eyewitness adding, “He was visibly upset and appeared livid after the interview.”
Robin, according to TMZ, is telling people at the show she did not try to set him up … and insists, “I’m pulling for the guy.” She took to the Twitter page that she just opened this week, writing: “Sure has been an interesting AM @GMA. Still sorting thru everything myself. Just my 2nd day on twitter, wonder what tomorrow will bring?” [Story continues below.]
The police were reportedly called after the window was smashed. TMZ obtained audio of a phone conversation between “GMA” staffers and a window repairman in which the staffer says, “I have a police officer coming just to take a look at it before we do any work.” (Click here to listen)
Hours after the “GMA” debacle, Brown – fully clothed – showed up at the Opera Gallery in New York — dodging repeated paparazzi questions about the incident. (Click here to watch.)