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March 23, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Amid all the hullabaloo that followed singer Chris Brown’s angry exodus from ABC on Tuesday after an interview on Good Morning America, an ethical question has gone little noticed over a report that Brown’s interviewer, Robin Roberts, allegedly asked for and received approval from Brown to discuss the aftermath of his conviction for beating his then girlfriend, singer Rihanna. In its report about the walkout, celebrity gossip site TMZ said, “Sources tell TMZ … Roberts insists both she and other GMA staff members spoke with Chris before the interview and asked if it would be OK to fire off ‘a few questions’ about the Rihanna incident … and Chris approved.” To agree in advance to allow an interview subject to control the content of an interview would almost certainly violate ABC News policy. The charge that Roberts sought approval from Brown to do so comes just a week after she was scolded by critics for a soft interview with Tiger Woods. In response to Brown’s angry departure — he reportedly threw a chair through his dressing room window and tore off his shirt before exiting — ABC issued a statement on Tuesday saying, “As always we ask questions that are relevant and newsworthy, and that’s what we did in this interview with Mr. Brown.”