Chris Brown due in court for probation, community service hearing
Chris Brown is set to appear at a Los Angeles court to face allegations that he failed to complete his court-mandated community labor and also violated his probation, issued over his 2009 assault of girlfriend Rihanna, which took place almost exactly three years ago.
The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office recently filed a motion to revoke his probation, listing what it says are discrepancies in his community labor reports and citing several incidents that it says could constitute probation violations.
Among them -- a January 27 scuffle with Frank Ocean. Police say the two argued over a parking space in the city and that Brown had threatened the singer, saying he and his entourage could "bust" him. The word is slang for "shoot." Ocean had said he does not plan to press charges. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office says none will be filed against Brown.
Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault of R&B singer Rihanna after a pre-Grammy Awards party early on Feb. 8, 2009. He was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to complete 180 days of community labor and take 52 hours worth of domestic violence classes. He completed the course in late 2010.
Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, told the Associated Press that the DA's office's motion is "frivolous, scurrilous and frankly defamatory" and added that he he plans to seek sanctions against prosecutors. The singer is due in court on Wednesday, February 6, at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET.
The New York Daily News cited a source as saying that while prosecutors are not looking for jail time, such a sentence would be possible if the judge orders Brown's 2009 assault case to be revisited.
Brown, who has since reunited with Rihanna, had performed community labor hours in Virginia. The Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement to OTRC.com that Brown failed to provide "credible, competent or verifiable evidence" that he completed it and wants the Los Angeles court to order him to redo his service in Los Angeles County.
Prosecutors say there are discrepancies in the number of hours Brown had been reported to have completed. The Richmond Police Department, which had been overseeing his community labor, has declined to comment, saying in a statement obtained by OTRC.com: "It would be inappropriate to comment on a matter before the court."/p>
TMZ had posted what it says is a September 2012 letter from the police chief to a Los Angeles criminal court judge, declaring that Brown has completed approximately 202 days of community labor tasks, which included removal of trash and debris, cleaning a public park and a horse stable, washing city-owned vehicles and painting, stripping and waxing floors.
The DA's office also says that Brown's probation could be revoked over other past incidents. It cites how he tested positive for marijuana last year. Prosecutors say he was given a prescription by an acupuncturist, who is not permitted to prescribe cannabis to their clients. Brown has a medical marijuana prescription from California, where the substance is permitted for such purposes inside the state.
They also cite a February 2012 instance in which a woman told police he snatched her iPhone outside a Miami club. He was not arrested or charged in the incident. Prosecutors also cite a March 2011 incident in which Brown stormed off the set of ABC's "Good Morning America" and broke a window after host Robin Roberts asked him about his domestic abuse case involving Rihanna. He later apologized.
The DA's office also says that while on probation, Brown traveled to Paris without approval. Prosecutors say that Brown was not in Richmond -- or even in the United States -- on several community labor dates submitted by the local police department.
Meanwhile, Brown recently made headlines over what several outlets, including E! Online, said was a rant about his life that was reportedly posted on his Instagram page, which was made private. The singer's rep told GossipCop that Brown does not have an Instagram page.