Chris Brown's father says singer "remorseful"

Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:32pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chris Brown's father says the R & B star is remorseful following his arrest on suspicion of attacking a woman widely believed to be pop star Rihanna, People magazine reported on its Web site on Friday.

Clinton Brown, who lives in Toppahannock, Virginia, told the magazine his son is "home" but would not give a location.

"He's reflecting on this situation," Clinton Brown told People. "He's very remorseful. He's very concerned about the situation and he wants to make sure that (Rihanna's) okay."

Police and prosecutors have not officially disclosed that Rihanna was the victim of Brown's attack early Sunday morning in Los Angeles ahead of the Grammy Awards. But unnamed police sources told the Los Angeles Times she was the victim, and numerous media outlets have reported the same information.

Brown turned himself in to police hours after the incident in the early morning hours this past Sunday, and he was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats against a woman. The Los Angeles Police Department took the case to prosecutors Tuesday, but were told to investigate it further.

Prosecutors will not charge Brown before next week at the earliest, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the L.A. District Attorney's Office.

Celebrity websites and magazines have reported that the incident happened shortly after Brown left a party in a car with Rihanna as his passenger. Rihanna suffered bruises on her face and a split lip, according to several reports.

Rihanna, 20, whose hit songs include "Disturbia" and "Umbrella," was a no-show at the Grammy Awards on Sunday and the NAACP Image Awards on Thursday night, and she canceled an Asian concert trip scheduled for this week.

Brown, 19, was also absent from the same two awards shows, and he withdrew from a celebrity event this weekend as part of the NBA all-star game. The pop star is known for his dancing prowess and for songs like "Forever" and "Kiss Kiss."

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Musicians Chris Brown and Rihanna perform during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York, December 13, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>