Chris Brown isn’t known for his gender sensitivity and Us Weekly aren’t known for their reliable reporting, so when the two sides came together earlier this week, the result was one of the more eyebrow-raising rumors we’ve heard in awhile: an unnamed woman claimed that Brown asked for her number and used “I promise I won’t beat you” as his pickup line. Brown says the whole thing is untrue, however.

“That is absurd and absolutely not true,” said Brown in a statement. “I did not say that nor would I joke about that.” His denial follows comments from his PR rep, who told reporters, “I’d be surprised if Chris said something like that.”

It’s been a wild week for the quick-tempered Brown, who found himself under fire after angering Grammy viewers who felt his performance during the ceremony was in poor taste and responded by tweeting a profane outburst (since deleted) that basically boiled down to “Neener neener, I have a Grammy and you don’t.”

Brown’s detractors responded by starting a rumor that he’d died — and his own mother reportedly told him to “grow up.”

So yeah, Chris Brown has been in the news a lot lately, and most of the coverage has been decidedly negative. Denying you used one of the worst pickup lines of all time has to be considered a PR victory at this point, right?