Chris Brown has probation revoked over assault arrest


Chris Brown

Chris Brown has had his probation revoked after his recent arrest on suspicion of assault in Washington DC.

The musician won't have to go to prison, but a judge said he would have to continue anger management treatment.

He will also have to return to court on 10 February to give an update on his treatment in rehab.

Ultimately, Monday's ruling does not alter Brown's requirements to do community service and rehab for his attack on Rihanna in 2009.

Prosecutors did not ask for Brown to be sent to jail during the hearing in LA.

In November, Brown was ordered to spend 90 days in a treatment program for anger management and other issues.

Chris Brown and Mark Geragos

Superior Court Judge James R Brandlin said probation officers reported the Grammy-winner had been dealing with the program well recently.

"I'm pleased he's doing well," the judge said.

He reviewed Brown's October arrest report. It was filed after a man accused the singer of hitting him outside the W Hotel in Washington, which he denies.

The R&B artists will have to appear in court on 8 January in Washington over that.

Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, said he agreed with the judge's decision to revoke probation but not send the singer to prison.

Brown's probation was revoked earlier this year amid worries that he hadn't done six months of community service for his 2009 attack on Rihanna.

He was ordered to perform an extra 1,000 hours, and has so far completed 60, according to his probation report.

Chris Brown and Rihanna
Image caption Chris Brown and Rihanna were pictured together at the Grammys this year

An official at Brown's rehab wrote in a letter to the court that Brown is no longer taking medical marijuana and with the aid of other medications is now able to better "emotionally regulate himself".

Brown voluntarily entered rehab after his arrest on 27 October but was forced to leave after he threw a stone through his mother's car window after a treatment session.

He was ordered back into rehab last month.

Brown was ordered to serve five years of probation for his attack on his girlfriend at the time, Rihanna, before the Grammy Awards in 2009.

He has until August to complete his community service sentence, which includes activities like roadside cleanup, graffiti removal and other manual labour.

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