Councilman Backtracks Over TMZ's Brown Story

9/11/2009 5:45 PM PDT
Chris BrownThere is a controversy regarding the story we ran about Chris Brown's hard labor duties in Virginia -- the City Councilman who gave us the information claims we got our facts wrong, even though we called him and got his approval on the story before we published it.

During that call, Councilman Doug Conner -- of the South Central 9th District, Richmond City Council -- had us make one correction regarding his responsibilities with the hard labor program.

Now, he's released a statement attacking the information in our article. We have tried to contact him about his accusations, but he has yet to respond.

Here is his press release:

"The statements and information ascribed to me yesterday in the article on the celebrity news website TMZ regarding singer Chris Brown are inaccurate and untrue.

I have no personal knowledge of, or information regarding, the singer Chris Brown. In speaking to a TMZ reporter, I simply related my experience with my own individual monthly District Cleanup Project in which I utilize the services of a community service program administered by the Richmond Sheriff's Office.

Some points I want to make very clear are:
I have no knowledge of any legal arrangements regarding Chris Brown.

Richmond, Virginia does not have a 'hard labor program.'

Virginia Commonwealth University does not have gang graffiti.

I have no knowledge of any clothing attire regarding the singer Chris Brown.

I have no knowledge of any times or schedules regarding anything to do with the singer Chris Brown.

I have no knowledge of any purported duties regarding the singer Chris Brown.

I have no knowledge of any purported management or supervision regarding the singer Chris Brown.

Richmond does not have a 'Department of Corrections.'

I am unaware of any purported transportation arrangements regarding Chris Brown."

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