Thats because Chris Brown can dance. America forgives easily when our convicts can dance. Hope this guy learns some moves while he's in the joint, for his sake.
I might sound like a asshole but Chris hitting his girlfriend (while COMPLETELY NOT OK AND DESERVES MAJOR CONSEQUENCES) is still not as bad as rape or even worse- "conspiracy to rape a child" which just sounds evil. They're both shitty people but I would think its easier to forgive spouse abuse over underage rape.