Chris Brown says he did not mean to insult homosexuals after dropping an anti-gay slur during a non-violent confrontation with a paparazzo journalist.
The 22-year-old R&B artist is seen in a TMZ video using the word "gay" in a derogatory way in his exchange with the cameraman, who filmed him entering a building as a parking meter attendant stood near his illegally-parked car. She was not seen writing a ticket.
Brown is no stranger to controversy and became an especially sought-after celebrity for the paparazzi after he pleaded guilty in 2009 to felony assault for attacking R&B singer Rihanna, who he was dating at the time. He was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service. Brown completed a court-mandated domestic violence course in December 2010.
After the confrontation, Rihanna obtained a restraining order against Brown. In February, it was downgraded to a lower level. The two are allowed to contact each other.
In March, Brown stormed off the set of the ABC show "Good Morning America" after host Robin Roberts asked him about his domestic abuse case involving Rihanna. He later apologized, saying he had to "blow off steam." The incident occurred on the day of the release of his new album "F.A.M.E.," which later topped the U.S. charts.
Brown recently released a new music video featuring Justin Bieber, a teen pop idol who is currently one of the most popular young singers in the world. The clip, for Brown's song "Next 2 You," depicts the two in a doomsday scenario and also stars "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth.
Brown's confrontation with the paparazzo cameraman comes weeks after "30 Rock" actor and comedian Tracy Morgan stirred anger for anti-gay comments he made during a comedy show in Nashville. On Tuesday, Morgan apologized in person to the audience member who reported them online.