Brandy And Monica Deny Slugging It Out At VMA Rehearsals

The managers of Brandy and Monica have issued a joint statement in response to the widely reported and inaccurate story that the two singers punched each other after rehearsing their song, "The Boy Is Mine," for last week's Video Music Awards.

The allegation was printed Monday in a New York gossip column, which contended that Brandy had given Monica a black eye during their supposed struggle.

The new statement points out that the pair spent a great deal of time together at the awards, even holding hands and praying together before their performance. "New York Daily News" reporter Marcus Baram says he's standing by his story.

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