LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Singer Chris Brown got good news Wednesday during a probation hearing in connection with the 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said Brown was in full compliance with the terms of his probation and that random drug tests have all come back negative.
Brandlin agreed to reduce the number of random drug tests Brown undergoes each week from three to two. The judge deferred a decision on whether Brown’s weekly community labor hours should be increased to ensure he completes his required work before his probation ends in January.
Another progress report hearing was scheduled for Oct. 23.
Brown pleaded guilty in June 2009 for assaulting Rihanna during an argument that began about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 8, 2009 while the singers were in a rented Lamborghini in Hancock Park after a pre-Grammy Awards party. Brown was sentenced to five years of probation, a year-long domestic violence program, which he completed, and 180 days of community labor.
When Brown was charged with a pair of misdemeanors and an infraction stemming from a May 21 traffic crash in Toluca Lake, his probation was revoked last summer. The charges were later dismissed.
Brown’s probation was reinstated last August, when Brandlin ordered the singer to perform an additional 1,000 hours of community labor. It was revoked again after he was accused in Washington, D.C. of punching a 20-year-old man who was trying to get a photo with him last October.
In March, Brown was arrested after he was thrown out of a Malibu substance-abuse and anger-management facility, where he had been for about four months. Brandlin previously said the singer made troubling remarks during a group therapy session, discussing his use of guns and knives.
Brown admitted violating his probation and was ordered to spend another 131 days in county jail, but he was released after less than a month, and his probation was reinstated.
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