It May Be Curtains for Squeaky-Clean Brown

Brown's success built on good-guy image
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 10, 2009 12:17 PM CST

(Newser) – At this point, Chris Brown would have been better off getting caught with a bong. At least then the scandal enveloping his white-hot career could have been dismissed by some as a youthful indiscretion. But Brown's arrest after an alleged assault on Rihanna has potentially devastating implications for the 19-year-old heartthrob because it unravels the charming, wholesome image that fans know and love.

Brown rose to fame as a sweet-faced 16-year-old with an engaging voice and amazing dance skills and has been pitched at a teen idol who, despite having considerable sex appeal, is still ultimately safe. “I don't think anyone saw this coming,” said one industry insider. If the allegations are true, “his career is probably over," noted another.