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Thursday 18 September 2014

R&B star Brown arrested on warrant

Published 15/03/2014 | 01:22

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Chris Brown has been discharged from rehab 'for failure to comply with rules and regulations'

Chris Brown has been arrested and will be held without bail on a warrant issued by probation officials in the latest legal entanglement for the R&B singer.

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The warrant was issued by a judge overseeing Brown's case after he was informed the singer had been discharged from rehab "for failure to comply with rules and regulations of the programme".

No further details were released, but more information will be presented to Superior Court judge James R Brandlin when Brown appears in court on Monday.

Sheriff's officials said Brown was co-operative when he was arrested at a Malibu treatment facility where he had been staying, and taken to a jail in Los Angeles.

Brown had been ordered to rehab for anger management treatment. A January letter from the facility said the singer was also being treated for bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and past substance abuse.

A probation spokeswoman declined to comment on what prompted Brown's arrest.

Brown's probation for an assault on fellow singer Rihanna had been scheduled to end this year, but a judge revoked it last year after Brown was arrested on a misdemeanour assault charge in Washington DC. That case is pending.

Judge Brandlin rejected a Los Angeles prosecutor's request to send Brown to jail because of the Washington case, citing his progress in rehab. He has ordered Brown to stop smoking marijuana and take only prescribed medications, and he singer has not failed any drug screenings since the order was made.

In addition to getting treatment, the singer remained under strict orders to complete 1,000 hours of community service this year. A probation report on February 26 said Brown had completed 250 hours and was being co-operative with probation officials.

Brown's attempts at treatment have not been without difficulties.

A rehab centre where he was voluntarily staying reported to Judge Brandlin that the singer threw a rock through his mother's window during a joint counselling session in November. The judge then ordered Brown to remain in treatment for another three months and renewed that order at a hearing on February 28.

A probation officer interviewed Brown for the February report, saying the singer was grateful to be in rehab and "looks forward to staying out of trouble".

"He remains thankful to the court for the opportunity to find out and learn more about himself, his anger issues and the type of person he wants to become, which is a man who is able to better himself and be a positive role model," the report said.

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