Continuing to follow the unfolding story stemming from Chris Brown’s arrest last weekend over alleged assault…without implying any admission of wrongdoing, it would appear that Brown is getting tired of getting into trouble. After his release from jail on Monday when his charges were reduced to misdemeanor simple assault, representatives for Brown say the singer has opted to enter rehab to deal with anger issues, according to Billboard and the Associated Press.
A statement released by the Brown camp said, “Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility. His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point.”
Early Sunday morning, Brown and his bodyguard were arrested outside a Washington, DC hotel after allegedly punching a man in the face, breaking his nose. The victim says he was just trying to jump into a photograph with the singer; Brown and the bodyguard say he was trying to jump onto the tour bus. In a hearing on Monday, the felony assault charges were reduced to misdemeanor charges; both Brown and his bodyguard have pled not guilty.
From a legal standpoint, Chris Brown is nowhere near out of the woods on this. If convicted of misdemeanor assault, he could face a $1000 fine and six months in jail. If it is determined that this incident violated his parole from a 2009 conviction for assaulting Rihanna (a very real possibility), he could face an additional four years in prison.