LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Brown has completed a domestic violence counseling program required as part of the singer’s guilty plea to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna nearly two years ago.

On Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg congratulated the 21-year-old R&B performer for finishing the yearlong program.

As a result of completing the required counseling, Brown will no longer have to appear in court every three months for progress report hearings.

Brown is serving five years of probation after pleading guilty last year to assaulting pop star Rihanna in a rented sports car after a pre-Grammy Awards party.

City News Service reports the judge said she would consider lifting the protective order against Brown at a later date. The order requires Brown to stay at least 100 yards away from Rihanna.

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Comments (5)
  1. notlovinLA says:

    Chris Brown is one of the biggest celebrity losers of all time! It is incredibly difficult for an abuser to change his/her ways. It can be done with intense and lengthy counseling, but I seriously doubt this incident has reformed him.

  2. Saber 1 says:

    We haven’t heard the last of him beating the tar out of a woman. He is a little boy messing around in a mans world. Once you beat a woman, always a beater.

  3. April says:

    One of the biggest celebrity losers of all time huh? What have you ever done that you don’t want anyone to find out? Give this young man a break. You act like he’s Hitler of something. He has done what is needed to satisfy the court, and besides Rihanna has forgiven and moved on, what’s your beef? What’s really behind these comments?

  4. Jocuri cu impuscaturi says:

    Definitely agree with exactly what you wrote, perhaps others can learn from this. It was a pleasure visiting your site and I will add losangeles.cbslocal.com to my favorites right now.

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