CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 25, 2009: Hip-Hop mogul, Jay-Z, broke his silence on the Rihanna/Chris Brown abuse scandal Thursday, insisting the Barbados-born singer could become a voice for abused teens.
Jay-Z, born Shawn Corey Carter, voiced his opinion on the Oprah Winfrey Show, in a one-on-one with the Queen of day time talk. The Brooklyn-born rapper turned record executive, who signed Rihanna about five years ago to his label, said he did speak to the 21-year-old singer about the February incident and indicated she can grow from it.
`It`s one of those situations where she`s young, they`re both young,` he said.
But Jay-Z, 40, said the choice is up to Rihanna. `She can be their hero or she can choose not to grow from this,` he continued. `There`s a contingent of young people who are going through the same situation and no one is their voice.`
Brown, 20, pleaded guilty to felony assault in June relating to a domestic violence incident involving his then-girlfriend Rihanna, and was officially sentenced in August.
He received no jail time but instead was given five years of probation, six months of community labor in his home state of Virginia and ordered to have no contact with Rihanna and keep 100 yards away from her or 10 yards if they both attend a music business event for the next five years.
Jay-Z ecently collaborated with Rihanna and Kanye West on his new hit single `Run This Town.`