Flo Rida Denies Dropping Chris Brown Song Over Rihanna Scandal

Rapper says 'Sweat' was cut from R.O.O.T.S. before alleged altercation took place.

[artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] has lost endorsement deals and some radio play due to the scandal surrounding his alleged altercation with girlfriend [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] on the eve of last month's Grammys. But according to [artist id="2583152"]Flo Rida[/artist], despite some reports, the publicity surrounding the alleged domestic dispute is not the reason he dropped a Brown collabo from his upcoming album, R.O.O.T.S.

"The thing was, we have deadlines to meet and between his business and my business, things were — we had to turn an album, so I had to really get everything together," Rida told UsMagazine.com.

A story surfaced last week that Rida had removed the song "Sweat" because of the fallout from the Brown scandal and that he had reportedly explained, "I recorded a great song with Chris. But I won't be releasing it now because of what's going on with him and Rihanna. It could have been my next #1."

The "Right Round" hitmaker told Us that he never made that statement. "I think someone must have got it twisted," Rida said, explaining that the song wasn't the only one cut from his upcoming second album.

"It's not just that record, there were other records that couldn't make the album that I wanted to make the album as well, but that was the process — this was way before me ever hearing anything about [Brown and Rihanna's alleged altercation]," he told the magazine. "This was way before, at least a month. I had been done with this record."

Asked if he would work with Brown in the future, Rida said, "He's a talented artist, so I looked forward to working with him. And I thought it was a hot song." A spokesperson for Flo Rida confirmed that "Sweat" will not be on the album, due March 31.

Brown is scheduled to be charged in the incident on Thursday in Los Angeles. He turned himself in on February 8 during the Grammys — where he and Rihanna were scheduled to perform — and was arrested and booked on suspicion of making criminal threats. The couple reportedly reconciled last weekend at a home owned by Diddy in Miami and were reportedly photographed arriving in Los Angeles together on Monday.