Chris Brown violated probation, did not complete community service hours, prosecutors say
Chris Brown has been ordered to appear at a Los Angeles court hearing to face allegations that he violated his probation, issued over his 2009 assault of girlfriend Rihanna and failed to complete his court-mandated community labor properly.
The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office lists the alleged offenses in a motion filed on Tuesday, February 5. Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, told the Associated Press that the filing is "frivolous, scurrilous and frankly defamatory" and added that he he plans to seek sanctions against prosecutors.
Brown assaulted fellow R&B singer Rihanna after a pre-Grammy Awards party while arguing in a car and pleaded guilty to a felony charge. 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, 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 on February 5 that Brown failed to provide "credible, competent or verifiable evidence" that he completed his court-ordered community labor and wants the Los Angeles court to order him to complete it in Los Angeles County.
Brown has been ordered to appear at a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, February 6 at 2 p.m. PT to face the allegations as well as prosecutors' accusation that he also violated his probation. They cite lists several instances that they say could lead to his probation to be revoked. The most recent -- Brown's recent tussle with singer Frank Ocean.
The two got into a fight outside of a recording studio in Los Angeles last month. While Ocean says he does not plan to press charges, witnesses and the DA's office say Brown was the aggressor. Prosecutors say he threatened to shoot Ocean. Brown has not commented.
The DA's office also says that Brown's probation could be revoked over him testing positive for marijuana last year. Prosecutors say it was issued by an acupuncturist, who is not permitted to prescribe cannabis to their clients. Brown has a medical marijuana prescription that was issued in California, where the substance is permitted for such purposes inside the state.
They 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.
Prosecutors say there are discrepancies in the number of hours he reportedly completed. They say that in October 2011, it was reported that Brown completed 581 hours and in November 2011, the number was 824 hours. However, they said, his total recorded community service reported in February 2012 was 701 hours.
The Richmond Police Department 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 says an "accounting" of the service hours was requested but never received in full. Its investigators traveled to Virginia to talk to Brown's supervisors but also found no evidence that he performed his community labor hours as represented to the court.
In a motion filed by Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray, the court was asked to decline to accept Brown's community labor in Virginia due to what appears to be "significant discrepancies indicating at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting."