Eminem's Rep Issues Statement On Old Lyrics About Chris Brown Assaulting Rihanna

Former Interscope executive Dennis Dennehy addresses the controversial bars.

(AllHipHop News) Eminem faced some backlash recently for an old verse that leaked to the internet. The track included Slim Shady rapping, “Of course I side with Chris Brown. I’d beat a b*tch down, too, if she gave my d*ck an itch, now.”

Many listeners interpreted those lines - reportedly recorded during Em's Relapse sessions in 2009 - as blatantly disrespectful toward Barbadian songstress Rihanna. Chris Brown's 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend became a major news story for years.

AEG Presents' Chief Communications Officer Dennis Dennehy has issued a statement on Eminem's behalf. Dennehy tells AllHipHop, "This is a leak of something that’s over 10 years old. After Eminem recorded it, he scrapped it, and rewrote it. Obviously he and Rihanna have a great relationship."

Eminem and Rihanna collaborated on records such as "Love The Way You Lie" in 2010, "Numb" in 2012, and "The Monster" in 2013. Plus, the two music megastars co-headlined 2014's "The Monster Tour."