Chris Brown has hit back over the publication of shocking photos showing his ex-girlfriend Rihanna following their infamous fight, branding the leak a "strategic chess move".
Previously unseen photos of Rihanna's swollen and bloodied face emerged online this week (begs21Feb11), showing the injuries she suffered after Brown attacked her in 2009.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker took to his Twitter.com page to comment about the photos, which have surfaced just weeks before the release of his upcoming album F.A.M.E.
In a series of posts, Brown writes, "It's ironic how 'somebody' put this out right around my album time! Wow! I guess that's supposed to be strategic chess move. Unbelievable."
He later added, "The Devil is always busy!! But when u have a destiny, nothing or no one can stop what God has planned!"
The posts were later removed and replaced by a more positive message, reading: "The beauty is inside you!!! Don't let em bring you down!!!!! Beautiful people!"
Brown was convicted of assaulting Rihanna after a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009 and, as part of his punishment, he was ordered to stay away from her at all times.
The restraining order was officially lifted on Tuesday (22Feb11) after Rihanna agreed to a request to reduce the ban, allowing Brown to be in the same room as the Umbrella beauty.