Sunday 22 April 2018

Chris Brown in court over probation

Singer Chris Brown appears in court for a probation revocation hearing at the Criminal Justice Center in LA (AP)
Singer Chris Brown appears in court for a probation revocation hearing at the Criminal Justice Center in LA (AP)

Chris Brown has been in court to face allegations that he failed to complete his community service sentence for beating up Rihanna in 2009.

Rihanna, the glamorous singer whose bruised face became a tabloid fixture after she was beaten up by her then-boyfriend on the way to the Grammys, has been dating Chris again.

She arrived with the R&B star, his mother and two other women and blew him a kiss as he entered the courtroom. They left together after the short proceeding in which Superior Court Judge James Brandlin asked for more information and set the next hearing for April 5.

Chris's lawyer, Mark Geragos, said he was disturbed about the way the district attorney handled the matter and said he would be filing a motion opposing the prosecution's move to modify his fulfilment of his community service sentence.

Prosecutors, who said they could find no credible evidence that Chris had completed his community labour in his home state of Virginia, asked that he start again and put in 180 days in Los Angeles County. Prosecutors have suggested there was either sloppy record keeping or fraudulent reporting.

A motion filed on Tuesday also raised for the first time in Chris's felony assault case several incidents that prosecutors said demonstrate he has ongoing anger management issues.

The motion cited a January 27 fight between Chris and fellow R&B star Frank Ocean, and a 2011 outburst in which Chris threw a chair through a window after he was asked about the Rihanna attack on Good Morning America.

Chris's attorney Geragos blasted the court filing, saying the prosecutor ignored interviews "where sworn peace officers stated unequivocally that Mr Brown was supervised and did all of the community service". "I plan on asking for sanctions from the DA's office for filing a frivolous, scurrilous and frankly defamatory motion," he said.

The allegations are the latest pre-Grammy controversy for Chris, who was arrested shortly after the 2009 ceremony for his attack on Rihanna. He has since returned to the awards show by performing and winning an award in 2011 for his album F.A.M.E.

Chris and Frank are competing against one another for the Best Urban Contemporary Album category at Sunday's Grammys.

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