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In a revealing interview with the UK paper, Brown lamented his reputation as a “mad black guy, this angry, young, troubled kid,” his probation, community-service and anger management-class after pleading guilty to felony assault of his now ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
He said he believes his sentence has been excessive and his court-ordered anger management class discriminatory.
“I think the actual [anger management] class I went to was a little bit sexist,” he said. “It was beneficial because it made me cater more to a woman’s thoughts and a woman’s needs, and how to handle situations. But the class itself, no disrespect to the class, but the class itself only tells you you’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong.”
While Brown says he’s learned to control his anger, he suggested there’s still an undertone of racial discrimination to his punishment.
“They want me to be the example,” he said. “Young black kids don’t have the fairer chances. You can see Lindsay Lohan in and out of court every day, you see Charlie Sheen, whoever else, do what they want to do.”
In 2009, Brown was sentenced to community service and five years probation for his assault on Rihanna. He complains about his punishment further in the Guardian interview.
“Community service, that s**t is a b***h,” he said. “I’ll be honest – and you can quote me on that – that is a motherf**ker there. For me, I think it’s more of a power trip for the DA [district attorney].”
Brown called the fallout from his assault on Rihanna “the biggest wake-up call.”
“I learned from it, and it was almost like… I wouldn’t say it happened for a reason, but it was something to trigger my mind to be more of a mature adult. To handle myself in situations, don’t throw tantrums, don’t be a baby about it,” he said.
Furthermore, Brown revealed other choice facts about his past, among them, he lost his virginity at age eight to a teenage girl.
“It’s different in the country,” said Brown, who grew up in rural Virginia. “By that point, we were already kind of like hot to trot, you know what I’m saying?”
Brown’s forthcoming double record, X, comes out December 3.
– Paul de Revere, Radio.com