2014 seems to have started on a bright note for troubled singer, Chris Brown after his many legal troubles from 2013, as a judge in Los Angeles has turned down prosecutors' motion to jail the R&B star because of his arrest last year on an assault charge in Washington.
Attorney Mark Geragos
The Judge, James R Brandlin said Brown should stay at a treatment facility for substance abuse and anger management because he was doing well in the court-ordered programme and it gave him an “adequate safety net”.
Brandlin sentenced Brown to 90 days in the treatment programme in November following the singer's arrest for assault in October in Washington, where he allegedly punched and broke the nose of a man who was trying to have a picture taken with him.
The judge also revoked Brown's probation from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy awards.
Brown, 24, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour assault in the Washington case and rejected a plea deal that would have reduced the charge to a simple assault.
The singer had his probation from the assault on fellow singer Rihanna extended last year after prosecutors alleged he cut corners on community service.
Chris Arriving The Court With Karreuche
Chris was accompanied by his mother Joyce Hawkins and girlfriend Karrueche Tran to the hearing at which he hardly spoke.
Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin added that probation officials reported that Brown “appears to have a more serious and responsible demeanor” since checking into rehab.
Brandlin ordered Brown to return to court on Feb. 28 to update him on his progress and reminded him to take his prescription medications and abstain from medical marijuana.
This reprieve might prove to be just temporary for Chris Brown though, as he is due to appear in court in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 20
Credits: TheGuardian, NbcNews
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