Chris Brown Begins Damage Control

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Chris Brown reportedly gathered his closest friends and family together last night in Los Angeles to rally the troops and lay out a game plan for his wrecked reputation. Apparently he attempted to calm everyone down, and assured them all that he and Rihanna are totally over. What a shocker!

The singer is also allegedly seeking professional crisis managment help, and two people being mentioned are Alan Nierob, who repped Mel Gibson after his anti-semetic slur scandal, and Howard Bragman, who worked with Grey’s Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington after a homophobic remark uttered on-set got him fired. Neither have been hired yet, but Bragman did have this advice for the young star:

“What he is accused of doing is a bad thing -– and I’m talking about that in the court of public opinion. The only thing probably worse is murder, rape, and hurting an animal. This isn’t a bong hit like Michael Phelps, which everybody has done. This is serious. What he’s got going for him is that he’s young, talented, likable, and we forgive people. You can go home again, but it takes time. It’s not something you can turn around overnight. He has to strap himself in and be ready for a long ride. It’s not a comfortable ride.”

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Editor’s note: The initial version of this post misstated the name of Grey’s Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington. Sorry for the error. This has been corrected.