Chris Brown: Rihanna Beating a ‘Private Matter’

Rihanna and Chris Brown

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11/06/2009 AT 8:20 PM ET

Chris Brown has heard what Rihanna has said about her beating – and while he supports her right to speak out, he wishes she had kept quiet.

‘I maintain my position that all of the details should remain a private matter between us,” he said in the statement to MTV. “I do appreciate her support and wish her the best.”

In a 20/20 interview Friday, Rihanna offers a graphic account of the Feb. 7 fight with her then-boyfriend Brown, describing what she calls the terrifying blankness that seemed to come over him as he assaulted her. “He was clearly blacked-out,” she says. “There was no person when I looked at him.”

Although Brown declined to respond to her specific comments, he again took responsibility.

“I am extremely sorry for what I did, and I accept accountability for my actions,” he tells MTV. “At this point, I am taking the proper steps to learn about me and grow from my mistakes. I only hope that others in similar situations can learn from our experience as well. Abuse of any kind is always wrong. The rest I leave it to God.”

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