Chris Brown released from probation stemming from Rihanna assault

Singer Chris Brown was released from probation for the 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend pop star Rihanna after a judge determined Friday he was in compliance.

Brown, 25, took to Twitter to rejoice over the judge’s decision, saying “IM OFF PROBATION!!!!!!!! Thank the Lord!!!!!!”

After reviewing the singer’s probation report, Judge James R. Brandlin determined that Brown hadn’t violated probation, said Jane Robison, Los Angeles County district attorney’s spokeswoman.

Brandlin had revoked Brown’s probation in January after learning that he violated orders by leaving Los Angeles County and was present during a shooting at a nightclub in San Jose.

Brown completed roughly 1,000 hours of community service, which was ordered after the August 2009 beating of singer Rihanna. He was also ordered to attend domestic violence classes.


The assault drew worldwide attention after photos of Rihanna’s bruised and battered face leaked from Los Angeles Police Department files.

It seemed his legal troubles only continued after his domestic violence conviction. Brown did not have a criminal record at the time of the assault.

The Grammy-winning singer faced charges in connection with driving without a driver’s license and an alleged hit-and-run. Then he admitted last May to violating his probation for an assault outside a Washington, D.C., hotel. At the time, Brandlin extended Brown’s probation until Jan. 25.

According to court records, Brown is bipolar, a diagnosis that came after the singer walked out of a therapy session and threw a rock through his mother car’s window.

He also was ejected from a rehab program because he violated internal rules, including allegedly making a threatening comment, failing to take a drug test and touching a female undergoing therapy.

Brown’s probation was revoked before Jan. 25 because of the San Jose shooting.

The shooting occurred as Brown was performing at the Fiesta nightclub. Brown stopped mid-performance to point out that a fight had broken out. Gunfire could be heard. Five people were injured in the incident.

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