Singer apologises for 'gay' outburst

17:00, Jun 23 2011
Chris Brown
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Chris Brown insists he has "total respect" for the gay community.

The 22-year-old singer took to his Twitter page to make the statement in the wake of an incident which saw him launch into a foul-mouthed tirade when he was almost handed a parking ticket.

The R&B star insists that he didn't mean to offend anyone during the incident.

"I have total respect for Gay community and my intention was not to insult anyone in it. #REALS*** (sic)" he wrote on his social networking page.

According to TMZ, the situation became tense when Brown accused a cameraman of alerting a parking officer to investigate whether or not his car was illegally parked, while also calling a crew of cameramen "gay" in the process.

According to TMZ, Brown launched into a foul-mouthed tirade, which included a homophobic slur.

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"Y'all n****** is weak. Did you all call them [parking enforcement] to try and film me? Y'all n****** is gay (sic)" he said.

The Human Rights Campaign told the American website that Brown's language is "just plain unacceptable".

Brown was sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community service after pleading guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009.

Earlier this year he also had a violent outburst at Good Morning America's ABC studio, which saw him smash a window.

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