Singer says claims he referenced his incident with Rihanna are 'absurd'

Chris Brown has denied using a chat-up line that referenced his assault of his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

US Weekly reported that Brown, who attacked Rihanna on the evening of the 2009 Grammy Awards and was subsequently sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community labour, had approached a woman and said: “Can I get your number? I promise I won’t beat you.”

However, the singer has refuted the claims and told TMZ:

That is absurd and absolutely not true. I did not say that nor would I joke about that.

Brown attracted controversy earlier this week (February 16) after he posted a series of messages answering back to people who were upset at the platform he was given at the Grammy Awards last weekend (February 12). The singer has since deleted the rant, in which he claimed that his Grammy win was the “ultimate FUCK OFF” to his critics, but was subsequently told by his mother that he needed to “grow up”.

Last week (February 10), meanwhile, a US court rejected his plea to end his probation term. Brown has completed an anger management programme as part of his rehabilitation and has been praised by various judges throughout his probation, but Superior Court Judge George Lomeli insisted he should continue to regularly report to a probation officer in his home state of Virginia for another two years.

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