By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO
City News Service
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Los Angeles judge today revoked singer Chris
Brown’s probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin cited information
related to Brown’s October arrest in Washington, D.C., where the singer
allegedly punched a 20-year-old man who was trying to get a photo with Brown.
The D.C. criminal complaint included a “prima facie showing of
violation,” Brandlin said. The judge said that information wasn’t available at
last month’s hearing, when Brown was ordered to attend a substance abuse and
anger management program.
But the judge added that he was pleased with Brown’s most recent
probation report and allowed the 24-year-old defendant to remain free on his
“I do want to emphasize that I’m pleased that he’s doing well in the
program,” Brandlin said. “I’m not inclined to take Mr. Brown into custody.”
The good report stood in contrast to the previous probation report,
which noted a “violent outburst that resulted in (Brown’s) discharge from a
treatment facility,” prompting an order that he enroll in a 90-day residential
The earlier facility submitted a letter to the court saying that the
singer threw a rock through his mother’s car window on Nov. 10, after they
attended a counseling session in which she suggested her son remain in
Today, Brown was ordered to remain in the 90-day residential program, to
“take medication as prescribed by the treating physician” and to refrain
for marijuana use, including medical marijuana.
Brandlin requested a supplemental probation report, which will be
reviewed at a hearing on Feb. 10.
In the meantime, Brown will be allowed to leave Los Angeles County to
attend a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 8.
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 in August, when Brandlin ordered the
singer to perform an additional 1,000 hours of community labor.
Brown, in sportcoat, tie and glasses, appeared in court today with on-
again, off-again girlfriend Karreuche Tran.
By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO