Judge Says Singer Chris Brown is Making `Great Strides’ in Drug and Anger Management Program

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By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO
City News Service
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Los Angeles judge today denied a request by
prosecutors to take Chris Brown into custody because of an alleged violation of
the singer’s probation, ordered as a result of his 2009 assault of then-
girlfriend Rihanna.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin cited a probation
officer’s report that the 24-year-old singer was doing well in a court-ordered
substance-abuse and anger-management program and “making great strides.”
All narcotics tests have come back negative, according to the report,
which noted Brown’s “willingness to comply” with the conditions of his
probation and described him as having “a more serious and responsible
demeanor.”
He has completed 191 hours of community labor as of Jan. 30, according
to his probation officer.

Chris Brown Photo By Gary McCarthy

Chris Brown
Photo By Gary McCarthy

had asked that Brown be taken into
custody, saying he had “increasingly demonstrated his violent outbursts, and
they are increasing in severity and frequency.”
Brown was arrested in Washington, D.C., last October for allegedly
punching a 20-year-old man who was trying to get a photo with Brown. Murray
said her office had only recently been able to reach the man  and witnesses to
the alleged run-in, and that evidence amounted to a change in circumstances
warranting Brown’s incarceration.
But Brandlin disagreed, finding no new information in the case. The
judge said he would follow the probation report recommendation that Brown
“should still remain in the community,” adding that the residential rehab
program provided “an adequate safety net.”
In addition to a no-drug policy, the program includes cognitive
behavioral work, mindfulness training, brain fitness, nutrition and sleep
hygiene, according to a letter from the treatment center.
However, any negative change in behavior “could dramatically change
your custodial status,” Brandlin warned Brown, reminding him that he has been
ordered not to use medical marijuana.
“Just look at him,” said defense attorney Mark Geragos of his client.
“I’ve known him for five years. He looks as good as he’s ever been.”
Clad in a dark blue button-down shirt and dark jeans, Brown sat quietly
in the courtroom, flanked by his mother and his on-again, off-again girlfriend,
Karreuche Tran. The singer’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy — who along with
Brown is charged with a misdemeanor count of assault in the Washington, D.C.
incident — sat in the row behind him.
Brown’s next scheduled appearance in Washington, D.C., is on Feb. 20,
when the goal will be to set a trial date, according to Geragos.
A police report dated Oct. 28 in that case says Brown’s bodyguard was
taking a photo of the singer and two fans when Parker Adams “moved in and
tried to take a picture of himself with (Brown)” and the other two. Brown
allegedly said to Adams, “I’m not wit that gay (expletive),” and told him,
“I feel like boxing” before landing a punch.
One of the two fans alleged that she witnessed Brown punching Adams. Her
friend said the bodyguard then punched Adams, an allegation to which the
bodyguard admitted, saying he was just doing his job.
Brown himself denied he had a confrontation with Adams, telling police,
“I was on the (tour) bus when I guess someone tried to get on and my bodyguard
handled it.”
He and Hollosy declined plea deals at a Jan. 8 hearing on the matter.
Brown pleaded guilty in June 2009 to assault by means likely to produce
great bodily injury for assaulting Rihanna during an argument that began about
12:30 a.m. on Feb. 8, 2009, while the singers were in a rented Lamborghini in
Hancock Park after attending a pre-Grammy Awards party.
Brown was sentenced to five years probation, a yearlong domestic
violence program — which he completed — and 180 days of community labor.
Brown’s probation was first revoked over the summer after he was charged
with a pair of misdemeanors and an infraction stemming from a May 21 traffic
crash in Toluca Lake. Those charges have since been dismissed, despite a city
prosecutor’s objection to a “civil compromise” in which attorneys said no
money was exchanged between the parties.
His probation was then reinstated last August, when Brandlin ordered the
singer to perform an additional 1,000 hours of community labor.
Brown is due back in Los Angeles Superior Court on Feb. 28, when a date
will be set for a hearing on the alleged probation violation.

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