Singer Chris Brown was involved in two unreported incidents “related to domestic violence” before the February encounter that left his pop star girlfriend Rihanna bruised and bleeding, a probation officer’s report filed with the court Tuesday alleged.
The first incident allegedly occurred about three months earlier, in Europe, when Brown and Rihanna were in a “verbal dispute,” according to the report, which cited detectives investigating the case. She slapped him and Brown responded by shoving her into a wall, the report alleged.
Three weeks before the February incident, Brown and Rihanna were in Barbados, driving a Range Rover lent to them by a local dealership when they had an argument inside the car, according to the report. Brown got out and broke both the front driver and passenger side windows, the report alleged. No one was injured.
Neither incident was reported to authorities, according to the report, and Brown was not accused of any criminal wrongdoing.
Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, declined to comment.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg sentenced Brown to five years’ probation and ordered him to do 180 days of community labor -- to be directly supervised by the police chief in Richmond, Va. -- as agreed to in his plea deal in June, when he pleaded guilty to felony assault.
A second felony charge, making criminal threats, was dropped at the time of Brown’s plea. Schnegg repeatedly made it clear at Tuesday’s hearing that she wanted Brown to perform physical labor, rather than community service, in Virginia, where his family lives and he has a permanent home. She said she had received a letter from Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood indicating that the singer would be removing graffiti, picking up trash, washing cars or maintaining grounds.
Brown also will go through a 52-week domestic violence program sponsored by Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Virginia.
Schnegg ordered Brown to stay at least 100 yards away from Rihanna, unless they are attending an “entertainment industry event,” when the restriction is 10 yards. Saying that she was not immune to “chatter on the airwaves” about his whereabouts, the judge sternly advised Brown that violating any probation terms would put him in prison.
Brown, who was wearing a black pinstripe suit and black tie, did not speak other than to say “yes” to the judge’s orders.
In an interview with the probation office in preparation for his sentencing, the singer told officers that he saw violence in his own home while growing up and that he did not want to “carry on that cycle.” He said he was “ashamed and embarrassed” about what he had done, and wanted to plead guilty immediately but his attorney would not let him, according to the report.
After the sentencing, Sandi Gibbons, an L.A. County district attorney’s office spokeswoman, said that the singer was not getting any special treatment and that his sentence was not a “slap on the wrist.”
“We feel that the sentence for Mr. Brown is an equitable one,” said Gibbons, speaking to reporters outside the courthouse. “It’s now in his hands. He’s in control of his fate.”
Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, did not appear in court. Her attorney, Donald Etra, said that she had no objections to the sentencing terms, and that she was moving on with her life.
Times staff writer Andrew Blankstein contributed to this report.