08/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Chris Brown Apologizes For Rihanna Assault

Chris Brown has posted a video on YouTube telling his fans how sorry he is for the Rihanna assault. He pleaded guilty to assault last month and will serve five years on probation.

In the message, posted below, he tells the camera in part:

"Since February my attorney has advised me not to speak out even though ever since the incident I wanted to publicly express my deepest regret and accept full responsibility. I felt it was time you hear directly from me that I am sorry.

"I cannot go into what happened, and most importantly am not going to sit here and make any excuses. I take great pride in me being able to exercise self control, and what I did was inexcusable. I am very saddened and very ashamed of what I have done. My mother and my spiritual teachers have taught me way better than that....

"I have told Rihanna countless times, and I am telling you today, that I am truly sorry and that I wasn't able to handle the situation both differently and better.. I hope that others learn from my mistake. I intend to live my life so that I am truly worthy of the term 'role model.' "