Rosie O'Donnell defends Chris Brown: "He's a victim too"

In this publicity image released by ABC, singer Chris Brown appears on the morning program "Good Morning America," Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in New York. Brown was on â??GMAâ?? to promote his new album, â??F.A.M.E.,â?? released the same day. (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute)
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(CBS) - Rosie O'Donnell is reportedly defending R&B singer Chris Brown.

According to, the Emmy-winning media personality sounded off on her satellite radio show on Sirius XM show and then tweeted in regard to Brown's 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna as well as Brown's more recent outburst in his dressing room following an appearance on "Good Morning America."

"He was held accountable - he did his service - the judge commended him - he grew up in a violent home - he is only 21," O'Donnell tweeted. "He is a victim too."

Brown apologized for his "GMA" outburst, explaining that he was surprised that his attack on Rihanna was brought up during his interview.

Brown broke a window with a chair, causing some shards of glass to fall to the street below, according to ABC News.

Brown is currently on probation after pleading guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

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