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

Chris Brown and publicist part ways after "GMA" freakout, album release
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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.

Complete coverage of Chris Brown on Crimesider

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