Then he came back down the hall, still backstage, and stopped upon seeing the person who produced the segment. Brown didn't have his shirt on.
The show's hair and makeup staff said they called security because they heard loud noises coming from Brown's dressing room.
At one point, a cooler was thrown and a window in the dressing room was broken. The thick glass was destroyed and strewn across the street below.
By the time the smashed window was discovered, Brown and his team had left the building. Paparazzi photos show the singer shirtless outside "GMA's" Times Square studio.
What happened behind the scenes has taken center stage, becoming fodder for late-night comics and gracing newspaper covers this morning. It was debated on "The View."
"Somebody backstage said, 'Oh, he's a thug, Chris Brown,'" Sherri Shepherd said. "I said, "Why didn't you call Charlie Sheen a thug?'"
Brown headed to an art gallery appearance after leaving the "GMA" studio. He tweeted, "I'm so over people bring this past s*** up! Yet we praise Charlie Sheen and other celebs for [their] bulls***."
Brown's fans continued to stand by him throughout the day.
Late Tuesday night at his album release party, fans voiced their support.
"We're all human, we all make mistakes. It happens," one fan said.
In 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault stemming from an altercation with Rihanna and was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service. His probation was downgraded in February to a restraining order mandating that he stay 10 yards away from Rihanna.
"I was wrong for what I did and I would definitely say that it's not something that I look past or look over. It's something that's really, really touchy. And like I said, I'm really sorry for what went down and what happened," Brown told Roberts in 2009. Roberts conducted one of the first interviews with Brown after his 2009 sentencing.
"We've had a wonderful relationship. I've spent time with him…at his home. He was very gracious and we had a very easy conversation," Roberts said.