Shortly after news broke that [artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] had stormed out of ABC News’ Times Square studios following an appearance on “Good Morning America,” a rep for ABC released a statement to MTV News defending their interview, during which host Robin Roberts asked Brown about his 2009 assault of Rihanna and its consequences.
“As always, we ask questions that are relevant and newsworthy,” the rep said in the statement. “And that’s what we did in this interview with Mr. Brown.”
With varying reports surfacing after the incident, Roberts took to her Twitter account to react to Brown’s outburst, writing, “Sure has been an interesting AM @GMA. Still sorting thru everything myself. Just my 2nd day on twitter, wonder what tomorrow will bring?”
Sources tell E! News that the star “went ballistic” shortly after the interview wrapped. He started cursing and throwing furniture, making show staffers “feel scared.”
“He went ballistic, absolutely ballistic,” the source explained. “After Robin got a lot of criticism for [not pressing] Tiger [Woods], she pressed him. She was concerned after she was slammed for that. Chris thought he’d be asked one question, not pressed on it. They say, ‘We’ll ask you one Rihanna question,’ but she kept asking follow-ups. He got off and went crazy.
“He smashed a chair into a window and that glass is so thick, people heard shattering and security was called,” the source added. “It was to the point where people were scared. The question is now how ABC will report it.”
Sources tell People a similar story, with an eyewitness adding, “He was visibly upset and appeared livid after the interview.”