Chris Brown arrested in California on probation violation
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[March 15, 2014]
By Eric Kelsey
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — R&B singer
Chris Brown was arrested on Friday in Malibu, California, on a
warrant issued for a probation violation related to his 2009 assault
of then-girlfriend Rihanna, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said.
Brown, 24, is being held without bail in Los Angeles after
being taken into custody in Malibu at 2 p.m. PDT (2100 GMT).
The singer was ordered into custody by Los Angeles County
Superior Court Judge James Brandlin after the judge was notified
that Brown was not following his probation and had been
discharged from a Malibu rehabilitation center where he was
ordered to stay, a court spokeswoman said.
The singer, who also faces a misdemeanor assault case in
Washington, D.C., had been in the rehabilitation center for
anger management as part of his court-ordered probation.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles have sought to have the "Turn Up the
Music" singer jailed on numerous occasions for possible
violations over the past year.
They have accused Brown of cutting corners on his community
service requirements and asked the court to have him put in jail
following his Washington arrest in October.
Brown is scheduled to have a probation violation hearing on
Monday in Los Angeles.
Brown's probation is currently revoked and if he is found to
have violated the terms of his probation, he could face jail
time in California.
Brown's representatives declined to comment.
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Brandlin had sentenced Brown to 90 days in the treatment program
in November following his assault arrest where he allegedly
punched and broke the nose of a man who was trying to get a
picture with him.
That trial is set to begin in April after Brown's attorney rejected
a plea deal in February that would have reduced the charge to simple
Brandlin said last month that Brown should stay at the Malibu
treatment facility for substance abuse and anger management because
he was doing well in the court-ordered program and it gave him an
"adequate safety net."
In 2009, Brown was sentenced to five years probation, community
labor and domestic violence counseling after assaulting singer
Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, on the eve of the Grammy Awards
in Los Angeles.
Since the 2009 sentence, Brown has been involved in altercations
with rapper Drake and his entourage in New York and R&B singer Frank
Ocean in a Los Angeles parking lot.
(Additional reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy;
editing by Mary Milliken and Lisa Shumaker)
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