The fallout from the alleged altercation between Chris Brown and Rihanna before the Grammys, and last week’s leak of the horrific photo showing Rihanna’s injuries, has continued with Chris Brown attending his first anger management class in Glendale, CA, this week.
“Chris doesn’t actually have to go by law,” a source told the New York Daily News. “But he believes it will make him look better to the public, and he wants to try to get in a few classes before [his March 5 court date].”
The classes were reportedly the suggestion of Brown’s new communications handler, Michael Sitrick, a celebrity career-crisis manager who has also worked with Mel Gibson.
However, it looks like it may be too late to save Brown’s once squeaky-clean image: After losing lucrative endorsements and being dropped from radio playlists, it is rumored that the R&B singer will be scraped from all promotional and marketing activity for his forthcoming film, Bone Deep.
Meanwhile, celebs continue to react. “I spoke to Rihanna,” R&B superstar Ne-Yo told MTV.com. “She says she’s fine. She didn’t go into detail about what happened … I understand it’s a painful situation; I didn’t push.” He continued, stating he wouldn’t “crucify” Brown just yet: “I won’t pick no sides. I’m just saying it was wrong it had to happen like that, and I’m praying for the both of them.”
50 Cent spoke up as well, stating that he had a change of heart after he joked about incident in a video on his official website. “After I saw the photograph, that wasn’t funny anymore. It shifts the whole thing,” he explained. “Not to take any shots at Chris or Rihanna or take sides in any way, [but] it’s really not cool.”
Rapper and Chris Brown pal Bow Wow also weighed in on the photo, calling it “Just shocking,” in an interview with celebrity tabloid OK! Magazine. “We heard what happened but we really didn’t get a visual for it. The picture speaks for itself.”
As for the source of the leaked photo, Los Angeles Police Department officials have identified the computer from which the photo was leaked, but they still haven’t determined who was responsible for selling the image, which was reportedly purchased by TMZ for $62,500. “[Internal Affairs] said they were looking into it vigorously. We are not talking about the protocols because it will relate to this investigation,” LAPD spokesman Lt. John Romero said.