Singer Chris Brown completes yearlong domestic violence counseling program
"His conduct had been inexcusable"
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—R&B singer Chris Brown has completed a yearlong domestic violence counseling program required as part of his guilty plea to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna after a pre-Grammy Awards party nearly two years ago, a judge said today.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Schnegg congratulated the 21-year-old entertainer for finishing the program, telling him that he did it in a "very fine fashion.''
The judge said she had "no doubt he's going to successfully complete'' the 180 days of community labor mandated under his June 22, 2009, plea.
As a result of completing the domestic violence program, Brown will not have to appear in court for progress report hearings every three months as he has been doing, Schnegg said.
But the judge said Brown—who is on probation for five years—will have to return to court once an attorney for Rihanna reaches her and checks to see if she would object to the terms of a protective order being modified at the defense's request.
The order currently requires Brown to stay at least 100 yards away from Rihanna, unless they are both attending an entertainment industry function, where he has to stay at least 10 yards away from her.
Defense attorney Mark Geragos asked for the order to be eliminated.
The judge said she would not be opposed to the order being lowered to a "do not annoy'' order.
After admitting that he assaulted Rihanna during an argument that began around 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 8, 2009, while the singers were in a rented Lamborghini in the Hancock Park area, Brown issued a videotaped apology posted on his website, telling his fans his conduct had been "inexcusable.''
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A judge today instructed R&B singer Chris Brown—who is on probation for a 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna—to meet with his probation officer before his next court hearing in January.
“You are directed to report to probation as soon as you return from your trip,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg told the 23-year-old entertainer, who will be traveling outside the United States.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A judge today relaxed a restraining order against R&B singer Chris Brown, who completed a yearlong domestic violence counseling program for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna after a pre-Grammy Awards party nearly two years ago.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Schnegg agreed to modify the order so that Brown and Rihanna can be in the same proximity and even speak to each other, though he continues to be forbidden from annoying or harassing her.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Chris Brown sat alone in court for 35 minutes on Friday while his lawyer talked with the judge and prosecutor behind closed doors in his probation violation case.
The judge emerged from his chambers to order Brown to come back on June 10 because lawyers need more time to look at “additional discovery” in his case.
While not much happened in Friday’s hearing before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin, ultimately it could be big trouble for the singer.
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Drake was nominated five times in the video of the year category, which also features big names such as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Lamar, Rihanna, 2 Chainz and Miguel.