As the Chris Brown and Rihanna alleged domestic dispute controversy continues, T.I. and Terrance Howard have pulled back their initial statements of support for Brown in favor of a more neutral approach.
After telling television host Carson Daly about giving advice to Brown following the incident, T.I. has now retracted his statements.
“After careful consideration I realized I made the mistake of commenting before understanding the situation,” he wrote in a statement. “I myself am no stranger to media scrutiny. My only intention was to support both Rihanna and Chris during these times.” (Examiner)
The alleged assault has also caught the attention of actor Terrence Howard who, along with Tip, retracted a statement backing Brown.
“When they asked me about Chris Brown the other day, I was in no way aware of what he had been accused of,” Howard said in a statement. “Had I known, I would have never had said something so insensitive.” (E! Online)
New reports claim the dispute began over a text message.
According to the police report. After Chris received a text message from a woman who wrote about getting together, an argument erupted. she ordered him to drive her home and “faked a call” to someone, saying things like, “He’s dropping me off. Make sure the cops are there.” Rihanna told cops the fake call enraged Brown. He said something to the effect of “You are really fu**ed up now. I’m going to kill you.” This statement is the basis of the criminal threats charge. (TMZ)
Brown has also lost some of his support from his professional relationships. Brown’s new “Got Milk” advertisement is reportedly being pulled from all media outlets.
“The Milk Mustache campaign is taking the allegations against Chris Brown very seriously,” the Body by Milk Campaign said in a statement. “We are very proud and protective of the image of the Milk Mustache campaign and the responsible message it sends to teens.” (E! Online)
In addition to commercials, radio stations have also displayed their stance on the situation.
Southwest Florida radio listeners won’t be hearing troubled singer Chris Brown – at least not on B103.9. The radio station has removed all of the 19-year-old’s music after he was arrested after allegedly attacking his girlfriend, 20-year-old singer Rihanna. B103.9 says its listeners were outraged at the alleged assault and asked them to stop playing his music. (MSNBC)
Wrigley Gum has temporarily suspended their Brown ads until the case is resolved.
Wrigley said in a statement it was “concerned by the serious allegations” made against Brown, who was booked by police on suspicion of making a felony criminal threat. The company said that while Brown should be afforded due legal process “we have made the decision to suspend the current advertising featuring Brown…until the matter is resolved.” (Reuters)