• Judge Orders Probation Department to Prepare Chris Brown Report


    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Los Angeles judge today ordered the probation department to prepare a report in the wake of prosecution allegations that R&B singer Chris Brown has not completed his required 180 days of community labor stemming from his guilty plea to assaulting his girlfriend, singer Rihanna.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin ordered Brown to return to court April 5, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if the 23-year-old entertainer has violated the terms of his probation.

    The judge also ordered Brown to contact his probation officer within 48 hours.

    The hearing was the first Rihanna has attended since Brown pleaded guilty in June 2009 to assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.

    Brown admitted 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. Brown was then sentenced to five years probation, a yearlong domestic violence program, which he completed, and the 180 days of community labor now in dispute.

    In an August interview with Oprah, Rihanna said she had forgiven Brown. The two have since reunited.

    In court papers filed Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray asked the judge to find Brown in violation of the terms of his probation. The prosecutor contended in the 19-page filing that the singer had failed to complete 180 days of community labor as ordered and, in some instances, was actually elsewhere when he claimed to be carrying out his sentence.

    The prosecutor asked in the court filing that Brown be required to perform his community labor in Los Angeles County under the supervision of the probation department.

    In the filing, Murray cited “significant discrepancies” in reports about Brown’s community labor work in his native Virginia, where he was authorized by the court to complete the community service portion of his sentence. The discrepancies, she wrote, indicate “at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting.”

    Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, filed a preliminary opposition Wednesday to the prosecution’s request.

    “Frankly, I’m a little disturbed at the way the DA handled this,” Geragos said, telling the judge that he had provided extensive documentation from the Richmond Police Department with his filing.

    The prosecutor noted in her court filing that on some dates that Brown was reported to be performing community labor, he wasn’t even in Virginia.

    In one case, Brown was reported by Virginia officials to have performed eight hours of community labor on Oct. 23, 2010, in Richmond, but he actually spent that day hosting the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge about 120 miles away in Washington, D.C., according to the prosecution’s filing.

    On March 15, 2012, Richmond officials said Brown spent four hours picking up trash between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., but flight records showed that he was aboard a private jet that left Richmond bound for Cancun at 4 p.m., according to the prosecution.

    The prosecution’s filing also contends that work Brown allegedly performed at the Tappahannock Children’s Center in Virginia was arranged by his mother, the facility’s former director.

    Although he claimed to have been cleaning floors at the center after hours, there was no evidence Brown performed any of the work, and the center’s regular floor-cleaning contractor stated he had never seen the singer there, and no one else had done any floor cleaning, according to the prosecution’s filing.

    The prosecution has made repeated requests for documentation of Brown’s community labor hours, but has not been able to corroborate the numbers, Murray wrote.

    The prosecution also alleges that Brown has committed a number of additional potential probation violations, most recently a Jan. 27 run-in with singer Frank Ocean at a West Hollywood recording studio. Brown and two of his companions allegedly punched Ocean in a dispute over a parking space.

    Brown also tested positive for marijuana use last summer, failed to receive a travel permit from his probation officer before taking a court- approved trip to Paris in July, and allegedly angrily snatched a phone from a fan who took pictures of the singer as he was leaving a nightclub in Miami, according to the prosecution.

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