In Their Own Words on Rihanna/Chris Brown

Feb 27, 2009

“If anything good can come out of this, hopefully it’s that this conversation will come forward, because we should not tolerate that kind of behavior. There are no excuses for it at all.”
--Actress Rosario Dawson, “Brown, Rihanna at Center of Storm,” USA Today, February 16, 2009

“I know both of them. I was surprised when I heard, because it doesn’t strike me as something Chris would do… You never know what’s inside people or what can trigger [violence]… It’s an awful story, I feel terrible for both of them but if Chris did what they said he did, that’s unacceptable. He has to accept the consequences of it.”
--Musician John Legend, “John Legend Calls Rihanna, Chris Brown Situation Awful,” People Magazine, February 13, 2009

“[Violence against women] is a social illness that does not discriminate. This is a problem that spreads from the Congo to Hollywood. When it happens to someone famous, it’s a tragedy that it happened, but what I hope is that people become less and less afraid to talk about how truly devastating this social illness is.”
--Actress Kerry Washington, “Rihanna among Topics at V-Day Anti-Violence Lunch,” Associated Press, February 13, 2009