Simon Vozick-Levinson
July 20, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Four weeks after pleading guilty to assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna in a February incident, Chris Brown has issued his first public apology in a video statement first obtained by TMZ. Addressing the camera directly while wearing a simple red shirt, the singer makes statements including the following:

  • “I’m not going to sit here and make any excuses… What I did was inexcusable.”
  • “I wish I had the chance to live those few moments again, but unfortunately I can’t.”
  • “I am very sad and very ashamed of what I’ve done. My mother and my spiritual teachers have taught me way better than that.”
  • “I have told Rihanna countless times, and I’m telling you today, that I am truly, truly sorry that I wasn’t able to handle the situation differently and better.”
  • “As many of you know, I grew up in a home where there was domestic violence, and I saw first-hand what uncontrolled rage could do. I have sought and I am continuing to seek help to ensure that what occurred in February can never happen again.”
  • “What I did was unacceptable, 100 percent. I can only ask and pray that you forgive me, please.”

Watch the video (below) to see what Brown has to say for himself, then let us know: What do you think of his apology? Are you ready to forgive Chris Brown for beating Rihanna?

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