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Singer Chris Brown ordered to rehab in probation hearing

Singer Chris Brown was ordered by a judge Wednesday to rehab for 90 days, complete 24 hours a week of community labor and undergo periodic drug tests in his probation for assaulting singer Rihanna.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin made the order after a similar recommendation from the L.A. County Probation Department.

Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, and L.A. County Deputy Dist. Atty. Mary Murray agreed to the action. Brown, dressed in black, said, "Yes" when asked if he agreed to the order.

DOCUMENT: Read the probation officer's report

Brown must work three 8-hour shifts of community labor each week even in rehab, the judge said.

The judge also granted a prosecutor's request for a supplemental probation report on Brown's recent arrest in Washington, D.C. The judge said Wednesday's order is not a sentence for a probation violation.

Brandlin agreed to Geragos' request to allow Brown to take medication prescribed by his doctor.

Brown checked into rehab last month on his own, a day after he appeared in a Washington, D.C. court on a misdemeanor assault charge, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The Washington, D.C. charge could have implications in Los Angeles, if a judge determines Brown violated probation in his conviction for the 2009 felony assault in Los Angeles County on then-girlfriend Rihanna. The terms of his five-year probation require that he obey all laws.

As part of his sentence, Brown had to complete an anger-management course and extensive community service. But he has been accused by prosecutors of violating the terms by disobeying laws and failing to perform the appropriate community service.


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