Chris Brown ‘sorry’ for Rihanna beating

Rihanna in court for the trial of her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown

Four weeks after pleading guilty to assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna in a February incident, Chris Brown has issued his first public apology in two-minute video posted on YouTube.

Seated, wearing a casual red shirt and apparently reading from a script, the 20-year-old R&B star told fans he was ashamed of his behavior towards Rihanna, who suffered facial injuries. He said he takes full responsibility for his actions and apologized for not living up to expectations as a role model.

“I felt it was time you heard it directly from me that I’m sorry. I wish I could live those few moments again but I can’t…most importantly I won’t make any excuses,” he said.