Justin Bieber equates Chris Brown to Michael Jackson and Tupac, calls his assault on Rihanna a 'mistake'
Chris Brown has a history of violence against women and the artist had pleaded guilty to savagely assaulting Rihanna in 2009 and was sentenced to five years of probation
Justin Bieber, to the great relief of Chris Brown, took to Instagram to give the hip-hop artist "credit" and equated him to Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur. Bieber uploaded an image titled 'The Legendary Equation' which goes 'Michael Jackson plus Tupac equals Chris Brown'.
In the post, Bieber wrote: "Everyone wants to wait 'til people die to give them the credit they deserve. I'm calling it now — when CB passes away after a long full life, you will miss what you had in front of you the whole time... trust me watch you will see."
Referring to Brown's infamous 2009 assault case with ex-girlfriend Rihanna, Bieber said: "The people who have overlooked this man's talent because of a mistake he made... you need to reevaluate! Love you @chrisbrownofficial."
Brown has a history of alleged violence against women and the artist had pleaded guilty to savagely assaulting Rihanna in 2009 and was sentenced to five years of probation.
In January, he was arrested in Paris on suspicions of aggravated rape and drug-related infractions.
In an interview for his documentary 'Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life', he said, "I really hit her, with a closed fist. I punched her. I busted her lip," about the 2009 charge of domestic violence.
Celebrities Nick Cannon, Sean Kingston, and Fifth Harmony's Dinah Jane supported Bieber's comment while many Instagram users including Actress Alice Wegmann reminded the singer that domestic violence is not a mistake. One user wrote: "Supporting abusers is the mistake". "A truly disgusting post," commented another.
But Brown showered Bieber with love in the comments section of the post, saying "I LOVE YOU MAN! THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME. YOUR STAR SHINES SO BRIGHT AND YOUR HEART IS UNMATCHED! YOU ARE A KING BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, YOU WERE PUT HERE TO INSPIRE AND CREATE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES BRO!
"IM WITH YA TILL THE WHEELS FALL OFF AND WHEN THEY DO... WE GONE GET SOME NEW WHEELS [sic]," added the 30-year-old artist.
Last week, Scottish indie pop band Chvrches issued a statement criticizing DJ Marshmello for collaborating with Chris Brown and Tyga on his new song 'Light It Up', for which they received death and rape threats from Brown's fans.