Chris Brown ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community labor
Singer Chris Brown agreed to do another 1,000 hours of community labor to resolve issues involving potential violations of his felony probation and the number of hours he completed.
As part of a deal, the district attorney withdrew it motions challenging the number of hours he completed and a potential violation connected with a hit-and-run charge, which was dismissed this week.
He was convicted in 2009 for assaulting this then girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown must complete the hours by Aug. 25, 2014.
Under the terms, which were announced after three closed-door sessions with the judge and attorneys, Brown’s community labor options include work for Caltrans or cleaning up beaches or graffiti.
As part of his probation in the Rihanna assault, he was required to perform 180 days of community labor in Virginia.
Attorney Mark Geragos said his client had completed his court-ordered labor. But on Feb. 5, Deputy Dist. Atty. Mary A. Murray filed a motion outlining a series of inconsistencies with a report prepared by Richmond, Va., police about the number of community service hours Brown had served.
Murray said a review of Brown’s community service claims found “significant discrepancies indicating at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting,” and she asked a judge to order Brown to carry out his court-ordered labor in Los Angeles County instead of Virginia, where he lives.
In one instance, prosecutors said Brown claimed he completed four hours of trash pickup between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on a day when he was actually on a private plane heading to Cancun, Mexico, that he boarded at 4 p.m.
Another time, prosecutors said the entertainer claimed he was picking up trash in Richmond, while news photographers were snapping him 100 miles away in Washington, D.C., where he hosted a charity event that raised funds for the developmentally disabled, prosecutors contended.
Geragos had vigorously disputed those claims.
Judge James Brandlin made no finding that Brown had violated the probation -- or lied about the hours worked. Instead, he reinstated probation, with the modification of 1,000 hours of community labor.
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