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Chris Brown recently opened up about his infamous assault on Rihanna, revealing that the backlash he received ultimately served as a "wake-up call."
In 2009 the "Don't Wake Me Up" singer, 24, was convicted of assaulting the Bajan pop star and subsequently sentenced to five years probation. Despite almost losing his career due to backlash stemming from the assault, Brown revealed that the incident taught him valuable life lessons.
"[It was] probably the biggest wake-up call for me. I had to stop acting like a little teenager, a crazy, wild young guy," Brown told The Guardian UK.
"I learned from it, and it was almost like… I wouldn't say it happened for a reason, but it was something to trigger my mind to be more of a mature adult. To handle myself in situations, don't throw tantrums, don't be a baby about it," he explained about "one of the most troubling times in [his] life."
In August a Los Angeles judge added 1000 hours on to Brown's community service obligation after determining that the singer failed to complete his previously ordered probation requirement. He suggested that the legal system is unfair and compared his treatment to that of white celebrities.
"They want me to be the example. Young black kids don't have the fairer chances," he said. "You can see Lindsay Lohan in and out of court every day, you see Charlie Sheen, whoever else, do what they want to do."