Chris Brown's probation revoked

Last updated 13:58 17/12/2013
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TROUBLEMAKER: Chris Brown had his probation revoked by a judge.

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R&B singer Chris Brown has had his probation revoked by a Los Angeles judge, but he was not taken into custody because of good reports on his progress in a court-ordered rehab program.

Brown, 24, had his probation revoked by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin during a progress hearing, after he was charged with assault in Washington, DC in October for punching a man who was trying to get a picture with the singer.

Brown pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault after the altercation left a 20-year-old man with a broken nose. He voluntarily served a two-week stay in a rehabilitation facility for anger management after his October arrest, but Brandlin ordered Brown to complete a 90-day substance abuse and anger management program in November.

The singer was set free without bail on Monday (local time) and was given praise by Brandlin for "doing well" in the program. Brown was told to refrain from medical marijuana use until his next Los Angeles hearing on February 10.

The Grammy-winning singer is due in court in Washington DC on January 8 for a status hearing on his misdemeanor assault charge.

The singer was sentenced to five years' probation, community labour and domestic violence counselling in 2009 after assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Since then, Brown has been embroiled in highly publicised altercations with rapper Drake and his entourage in a New York nightclub and R&B singer Frank Ocean in a parking lot in West Hollywood.

The Look at Me Now singer had his probation revoked in July after he was charged in a May hit-and-run traffic accident, but it was reinstated by a Los Angeles judge in August after Brown agreed to complete an additional 1000 hours of community service. 

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- Reuters

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