CHRIS BROWN: I'm Sorry
In a video that appeared yesterday on the celebrity gossip site T-M-Z, Chris Brown apologized for beating up former girlfriend Rihanna on February 8th. Brown said that he'd wanted to make the public apology for a long time, but under advice of counsel he didn't. In the two-minute clip, he says, "I have told Rihanna countless times and I am telling you today that I am truly, truly sorry that I wasn't able to handle the situation differently and better." Brown said he was "very ashamed" of his actions, and attributed them to growing up in a home where he was exposed to "domestic violence." He didn't use that as an excuse, saying, "What I did was unacceptable, 100-percent. I hope that others learn from my mistakes. I intend to live my life so that I am truly worthy of the term 'role model.'"
VICK LOOKING TO RE-ENTER THE LEAGUE
Much to the dismay of animal lovers everywhere, Michael Vick's is now a free man -- and as expected, he's trying to return to the N-F-L. The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback hopes to meet soon with league commissioner Roger Goodell to explore his options. League spokesman Greg Aiello said yesterday, "The review of his status is ongoing, but we are providing no other details at this time."
JACKO DAD CRIES FOUL PLAY
Joe Jackson, the father of the late Michael Jackson, told C-N-N talker Larry King last night that he believes his son was the victim of foul play. Jackson said, "I'm thinking there was foul play," echoing an allegation made by his daughter LaToya, who has publicly stated that she believes her brother was murdered.
The elder Jackson also complained that Michael's security prevented him from seeing his son. "I was barred away from him by security and all that type of thing." Of course, it was widely reported that Michael wanted nothing to do with Joe, who allegedly beat Michael as a child.
As for his orphaned grandchildren -- Paris, Prince Michael and Prince Michael the Second -- he said that it was "a bunch of jive" that he was weighing offers to take them out on the road as performers. "They have to be what they are -- kids at the moment -- and be raised properly." He also confirmed that he and his wife Katherine are still a couple. He also said that he wasn't surprised he was left out of his son's will.
ESPN REPORTER VIDEOTAPED IN THE NUDE
E-S-P-N reporter Erin Andrews is ready to take action againt the person or persons who videotaped her while she walked around her hotel room naked -- all she has to do is find out who did it.
Her recently hired lawyer, Marshall B. Grossman, says, in a statement, "While alone in the privacy of her hotel room, Erin Andrews was surreptitiously videotaped without her knowledge or consent. She was the victim of a crime and is taking action to protect herself and help ensure that others are not similarly violated in the future. Although the perpetrator or perpetrators of this criminal act have not yet been identified, when they are identified she intends to bring both civil and criminal charges against them and against anyone who has published the material."
Andrews says she doesn't know when or where the video was taken.
CHRISTINA MILIAN: Confirms Engagement
Christina Milian has confirmed that she's engaged to The Dream, but she's denying stories saying they're already married. She tells Us magazine, "We don't have plans yet... We just want to have our closest friends and family there -- it's not going to be too big." Ironically, the title of Milian's upcoming album is Elope.
The Dream, who has a daughter with ex-wife Nivea, says he and Milian plan to have kids, but there's no rush. "I think when you're a female in this business, it's kinda hard to do the natural thing that you want to do. You have to do your work -- then whenever she makes that time for herself, she'll make that time [to have a baby]. In the next couple of years, there'll be something around."