Judge praises Brown's progress
A judge has praised singer Chris Brown's progress on his probation for the beating of ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
Los Angeles Superior Court judge Patricia Schnegg said the singer had not missed a session of domestic violence counselling and had done 32 days of hard labour in his home state of Virginia.
She said: "It looks like you're doing really, really well - that's always good to see."
She also cleared the 20-year-old RnB star to travel out of the US in May and June for concerts. The exact locations were not disclosed.
Brown will be back in court on May 11 for another update.
"By the time you come back, you'll be way over halfway there," Schnegg told him.
The judge's comments came during a hearing in which she reviewed Brown's progress with the terms of his probation.
Brown was sentenced last year to five years of probation and six months of community labour for the February 2009 attack on singer Rihanna.
Brown spoke only once during the hearing, thanking Judge Schnegg for her remarks.
Before his arrest last year, Brown had a squeaky-clean image and was known for his dance moves and his hit Run It! His latest album, Graffiti, was released in December.