Usher has slammed rumours Chris Brown pressured him to retract comments he made about the under-fire star's alleged fight with Rihanna.
During an appearance on Jermaine Dupri's reality show Living the Life, Usher was filmed looking at recent photos of Brown frolicking on a jet-ski. He remarked that the 19-year-old should "have a little bit of remorse" less than a month after the reported altercation with girlfriend Rihanna in Los Angeles.
Usher issued a statement clarifying his comments just days later, insisting his words "were taken out of context and blown out of proportion".
The singer was rumoured to have been pushed into putting out a press release, with a source telling the New York Daily News, "Usher was basically forced to issue a retraction. After all of his comments came out, Usher got a call from Chris... Chris got tough with everyone present in that video. He wanted silence from all parties involved.
Brown's spokesperson has branded the story "completely untrue", and now Usher's representative has spoken out to address the claims.
The rep says, "He was not asked or forced (to apologise). Usher issued an apology for the comments made towards all parties mentioned in the clip."