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Chris Brown: Life in pictures

Controversial figure
Chris Brown’s name evokes controversy these days, so it’s easy to forget that he once had a role model image. From high school crooner to R&B star both idolized and vilified, here’s a brief look at Chris Brown’s life and career. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Early years
Chris Brown released his self-titled first album in 2005 after signing with Jive the year before at 15. His first single, “Run It,” debuted at No. 1, making it the highest-charting debut single for a male solo artist in Billboard history.  (Matt Sayles / Associated Press)
The big time
After rounding out 2006 with a few more hits -- “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” and “Gimme That” with Lil Wayne -- and a couple of tours (both with Ne-Yo and Beyonce), Brown released his second album, “Exclusive,” in November 2007. (Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images)
Forever on the dance floor
Following in the tradition of Michael Jackson, Usher and Justin Timberlake, Brown’s dance floor prowess played into his pop persona as much as his high notes. His breakout performance at the 2007 MTV Video Awards included a stunt-heavy dance medley and a “Billie Jean” tribute. (Christina House / For the Times)
Acting career
Brown made his acting debut in 2007’s “Stomp the Yard.” Later that year, he played Will Tutt on three episodes of “The O.C.” and had a supporting role in “This Christmas” with Delroy Lindo and Loretta Devine. (Suzanne Tenner / Screen Gems)
Teen idol
When it came to tween heartthrob status, Brown was second to only the Jonas Brothers in Bop and Tiger Beat covers. He was nominated for Teen Choice Awards and had his own “My Super Sweet 18" birthday special on MTV. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)
Musical pairings
Brown worked with everyone from the vocoder-happy T-Pain to his kiddie contemporary Bow Wow. In 2008, Chris sang on Lil Mama’s “Shawty Get Loose” and had a hit with “No Air,” a duet with “American Idol” alum Jordin Sparks that appeared on her debut album. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Chris Brown and Rihanna
Brown quietly began dating old friend and collaborator Rihanna in 2007. The two seemed pop’s perfect match until Feb. 8, 2009, when both canceled their appearances at the Grammy Awards and Brown was booked in Los Angeles on charges stemming from an assault on Rihanna. (Kevin Mazur)
Immediate aftermath
In the days after his arrest, Brown’s music was dropped from some radio stations, Wrigley’s and Got Milk? discontinued using his advertisements in their campaigns, and “Sesame Street” stopped airing the episode in which he guest-starred. (Marcel Antonisse / EPA)
Assault of Rihanna
R&B singer Brown pleaded guilty in June 2009 to assaulting his former girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, in February of that year. Brown’s lawyers secured a last-minute deal that allowed him to avoid jail time and another public airing of the domestic-violence allegations. (Lori Shepler / Associated Press)
First Grammy win
Three years after he was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna after a pre-Grammys party, Chris Brown received his first Grammy award when his album “F.A.M.E.” won best R&B album. Brown said nothing about his past deeds as he accepted the award on the telecast. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Brawl with Drake
Hip-hop stars Chris Brown and Drake were reportedly in a nightclub brawl in New York in June 2012 that left four people injured.Speculation quickly arose that the blow-up may have involved Brown’s former girlfriend Rihanna, with whom Drake had been seen recently.  ( Robert Gauthier and Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Frank Ocean incident
On Jan. 27, 2013, Chris Brown got into an altercation with fellow Grammy nominee (and later winner) Frank Ocean. An incident report disclosed that the fight began when Ocean approached Brown in the studio’s lobby, saying Brown had parked in Ocean’s assigned parking spot.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Back together
The tumultuous couple officially got back together after months of openly flirting on Twitter, collaborating on the sex-themed song “Birthday Cake” and nonchalant “Nobody’s Business” and Rihanna professing her love to Chris Brown on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” (Christopher Polk / Getty Images)
Anger management rehab
At a probation hearing in November 2013 related to his 2009 conviction of assaulting Rihanna, Chris Brown was ordered by a judge to rehab for 90 days at an inpatient facility approved by officials. (David McNew / Getty Images)
Chris Brown court appearance
Forced to wear an orange jumpsuit to court, Chris Brown was ordered by a Los Angeles County judge to stay in jail without bail until April 23, pending a hearing to determine whether he violated terms of his probation. (Pool / Reuters)
Probation violation
Chris Brown admitted violating his probation by committing a crime in the Washington, D.C., area and was promptly sentenced to a year in county jail by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.  (Pool / Getty Images)
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