Eminem's representative has finally addressed the leak of audio in which the rapper appeared to side with Chris Brown over his 2009 Rihanna assault.
The seven-second clip, reportedly recorded during sessions for Eminem's 2009 album Relapse, was uploaded online by a Reddit user on 4 November, and in it the Lose Yourself hitmaker suggests he can understand why Brown lashed out at his then-girlfriend following a pre-Grammys party in 2009.
He raps, "I'd side with Chris Brown, I'd beat down a ***** too," seemingly referring to Chris and Rihanna's physical altercation, which launched years of legal woes for Brown.
None of the artists involved have commented on the leak, but now Dennis Dennehy, Eminem's rep, tells XXL magazine, "This is a leak of something that’s over 10 years old. After Eminem recorded it, he scrapped it, and rewrote it."
He and Rihanna went on to record the hits Love The Way You Lie, Numb and Monster together, and Dennehy states, "Obviously he and Rihanna have a great relationship."