"[Brown] has to take responsibility for his own actions," Hawkins said.
When asked if he believed reports about the alleged altercation were true, Hawkins said, "I wouldn't be surprised."
After Brown's parents divorced, his mother remarried and Hawkins became his stepfather. Brown has spoken about a history of abuse in his family involving Hawkins, telling Giant magazine last year:
"He used to hit my mom. ... He made me terrified all the time. I remember one night he made her nose bleed. I was crying and thinking, 'I'm just gonna go crazy on him one day.' ... I hate him to this day."
"There was a lot of arguing between his mom and I," Hawkins said. "I never raised a hand at his mom. [Brown's mother and I] argued frequently. ... As far as physical abuse, there was no physical abuse," adding, "I spanked Chris one time."
"I became the bad guy," he continued. "Chris was really mad at his mom for leaving his dad, so I became the scapegoat. No matter how much I tried to be a father figure, nothing worked."
At press time, reps for Brown and Rihanna have not commented on the matter.
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