Chris Brown: Probation revoked in Rihanna beating, faces jail term
Singer Chris Brown’s probation was revoked Monday in his 2009 conviction for beating Rihanna after prosecutors alleged that he violated the terms by committing an alleged hit-and-run.
Judge James R. Brandlin revoked Brown’s probation and set a court date of Aug.16 to resolve the issue and determine what punishment, if any, is warranted.
Brown could face up to four years in jail on the probation violation.
The judge ordered Brown be released without bail after prosecutor Deputy Dist. Atty. Mary Murray did not request that the singer be taken into custody. Prosecutors alleged that two new misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run, and driving without a license violate the terms of Brown’s five-year probation in the felony assault case.
The open court session came after a long meeting in chambers with lawyers. Brown was dressed in a slim cut black suit and shirt and sat quietly through the proceedings.
“I did everything I was suppose to do during the so called hit n run,” Brown tweeted Monday morning. “I provided the correct info. There were no injuries or damages. C’mon!!”
Brown is accused of rear-ending a woman’s Mercedes with a Range Rover on May 21 on Barham Boulevard. If his probation is revoked, he could receive up to four years in custody.
According to a district attorney’s investigators report, the woman and Brown — who did not identify himself — pulled over to the side of the road after the crash at a red light about 12:30 p.m.
Both parties then took pictures of each others’ vehicles and Brown’s passenger, Karrueche Tientrese Tran, said they should exchange numbers.
The Mercedes driver asked Brown for his driver’s license and insurance as required by California law, but he produced neither of them, according to the report.
Instead, Brown’s passenger told the woman the car was her vehicle and handed over her driver’s license, and after some searching produced an expired insurance card for a Lamborghini, according to court documents filed by the D.A.'s office.
Prosecutors attached a letter that the woman sent to the LAPD investigator about the hit-and-run. In the letter, she said Brown and his passenger went “ballistic” when they realized she was taking photos.
The woman said Brown’s passenger began screaming, “She took a picture!” and that Brown then tried to grab the camera from her. Brown allegedly called her profane names suggesting she thought less of him because he was a black man and used a racial epithet for himself.
The woman informed police that he then said he had more money than her and again called her a profane name, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.
A district attorney investigator reviewing the information determined that Brown had failed to produce documents required by state law.
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