Chris Brown has been doing his best to move on following his 2009 assault conviction for abusing his then-girlfriend Rihanna. But understandably, many members of the public aren’t so quick to forget, not to mention forgive. That would explain why copies of his latest album Fortune were found in a London HMV mega-store sporting an advisory sticker reading: “Warning. Do Not Buy This Album! This Man Beats Women.”
Thought to be the work of anti-domestic violence campaigners, photos of the stickers have been making the rounds of social media even after the staff at HMV had the labels removed. “Someone went into one of our stores and put the stickers on,” HMV public relations manager Gennaro Castaldo told The Huffington Post. “We spotted and removed them quickly but before we could do so the person circulated a photo to media.” The record retail expressed has apologized publicly for the incident this morning. “It was very much an isolated incident and nothing to do with HMV or representing our views. It would appear a member of the public popped into one of our stores… and stickered a handful of CDs.”
After steering clear of one another for over two years, the ex-lovers have been appearing too close for comfort for many fans, starting with a collaboration on the track “Birthday Cake Remix” in February. Since then there have been numerous rumors circulating that the pair have reignited their flame. Rihanna recently admitted that she still loved Brown during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, and they were spotted sharing what appeared to be a quick kiss during the VMAs on September 6th.
Chris recently drew fire for showing off a new tattoo that appeared to many to resemble Rihanna’s battered face. His tattoo artist has since spoken out denying that the body art is a portrait of the singer, but these days even the mere sight of Chris Brown and Rihanna’s name in the same sentence is explosive. No matter how many hit records Brown puts between himself and the horrific incident, it is starting to become more and more apparent that it will be essentially impossible for him to completely distance himself from it. He is due in court today for a review of his five-year probation.
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