By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated February 15, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

Singer Chris Brown has issued his first public statement about his Feb. 8 arrest on felony battery charges, reports. “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired,” Brown’s statement reads. “I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other lovedones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.”

The statement adds, “Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and/or reportedin the media is wrong. While I would like to be able to talk about thismore, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say exceptthat I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook, onblogs or any place else. Those posts or writings under my name arefrauds.”

Brown was arrested and released on bail last weekend after an incident that reportedly involved his girlfriend, Rihanna. The LAPD’s investigation into the incident is reportedly ongoing.

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