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Evrod Cassimy: Pic of anchor with singer/felon Chris Brown removed from CBS4 website

Among the top stories on CBS4's website at this writing is an introduction to newly hired anchor/reporter Evrod Cassimy. But one viewer who clicked was distressed to discover that Cassimy's head shot, seen here, was accompanied by a photo of him arm-in-arm with singer Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna. Here's the shot. Brown, a 2006 Westword profile subject, was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service for the assault, which took place prior to the 2009 Grammy Awards broadcast, on which both of he and Rihanna were to be featured. The reason she didn't participate is clear from this photo of her injuries obtained by TMZ: Brown has subsequently expressed remorse for his actions. Earlier this year, however, he complained about the release of more Rihanna assault photos, prompting our Kieran Maletsky to pen a post headlined "Chris Brown is an ass who doesn't deserve another chance."

After questioning Cassimy's judgment regarding the photo in an e-mail to Westword, the aforementioned viewer wrote, "WTF is Channel 4 thinking? Why would they allow THAT photo to be on their website? What if the dude was an OJ fan? Would they have drawn the line there?"

Thus far, Cassimy -- who, like Rihanna, is of Caribbean descent (his parents are from Trinidad, she was born in Barbados) -- hasn't responded to an interview request on this subject. However, CBS4 news director Tim Wieland, replying via e-mail, writes, "That photo was taken during an interview Evrod conducted with Chris Brown at his former station [in Orlando, Florida], about a charity event Brown was doing for the Red Cross."

However, he adds, "We've decided to remove it from the bio page."

The photo is now gone. But Brown is still mentioned in the text among celebrity interview subjects, who also include Trey Songz, Cindy Crawford and Alex Trebek.

Photos of whom would not have raised any eyebrows.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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