A statement was released late Tuesday (Mar. 3rd) from Usher‘s camp apologizing for comments he made towards fellow singer Chris Brown in a video posted to YouTube by Jermaine Dupri.
“The comments made during a recent recording session amongst friends were taken out of context and blown out of proportion,” the statement reads. “I apologize on behalf of myself and my friends if anyone was offended. The intentions were not to pass judgment and we meant no harm. I respect and wish the best for all parties involved.”
The comments regarded pictures of Brown that emerged over the weekend, which showed him riding a jet ski during what was called his “reconciliation” weekend in Miami with girlfriend Rihanna.
“I’m a little disappointed in this photo,” Usher says about the shots of Brown, as singer/songwriter Johnta Austin bounces around the room and makes some off-color jokes about boxing. “After the other photo [of Rihanna's bruised face posted by TMZ last month]? C’mon, Chris. Have a little bit of remorse, man. The man’s on jet skis? Like, just relaxing in Miami?”
The comments were a rare moment of near-seriousness in the eight-minute video, which primarily features Usher, Jermaine Dupri, Johnta Austin, Bryan Michael Cox & JD’s assistant Tyrone clowning in the studio with friends and talking about a recent photo of Christina Milian.