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Just as we always seem to hear that the criminal down the street "always seemed so normal," abusers often claim to have never struggled with a violent temper. Such is the case with Chris Brown, who says in a new interview that he "never, ever had problems with anger."
UsMagazine.com got an early peek at Brown's 20/20 interview, which includes another apology for "what went down" with Rihanna back in February.
Chris' statement that he'd never had anger issues before contradicts reports that the Grammy-night assault wasn't the first for him and Rihanna.
As for his apology, in the ABC News interview, Brown's exact words are: "I was wrong for what I did...I would definitely say that it's not something that I look past or look over. Something that's really, really touchy. I'm really sorry for -- for what went down."
The 20-year-old R&B singer and dancer admits that his previous apology -- made via a YouTube video -- may not have seemed sincere. He says he'd been coached for nearly a week by public relations professionals, which is why it might have sounded, as Rihanna herself said, like he was reading off a TelePrompter.
"My head wasn't really giving me a chance to be me," Brown says in the 20/20 interview with Robin Roberts. "It was genuinely from me, but it wasn't projected genuinely."
Most importantly, perhaps, is whether Rihanna believes he is genuinely remorseful for the assault. Brown says he's confident she does.
"Me and her have talked. Me and her have spoken about the situation," says Chris, who has a restraining order that keeps him from talking to her any more. "And she knows how sorry I am."
We'll see if Friday night's interview helps or hinders Rihanna's coping with the abuse. Incidentally, she herself broke her silence on the matter with a 20/20 interview of her own in early November.
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