When R&B performer Chris Brown was arrested on suspected misdemeanor assault back in Washington, DC in October, it raised concerns that it would jeopardize his probation. This week, those concerns were realized when Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin officially revoked his probation.
The violation occurred October 27, when Brown and his bodyguard were arrested outside the W Hotel in DC over an altercation with a fan, who claimed the singer broke his nose. The charges were soon reduced from felony assault to misdemeanor assault.
While this development could have meant up to four years of jail time for the singer, Brown will avoid jail for now. Instead, Brown is ordered to complete his current stint in rehab, along with completing his hours of community service which had been part of his probation agreement stemming from his 2009 conviction for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown is scheduled to appear in court in Washington, DC on Jan. 8 concerning the current assault charges, and will appear in court again in Los Angeles on February 10 for an update on his rehab progress.
Brandlin is the same judge who in November ordered Brown to complete 90 days of rehab for anger management and other issues. Brown had voluntarily entered rehab after his arrest but had left early.
This is the second time in a year that Brown has had his probation revoked. Last summer, a hit-and-run misdemeanor charge led to the revelation that Brown had not completed his then 1400 assigned hours of community labor, at which point the judge tacked on an additional 1000 hours. The singer currently has until August to complete his community service; Billboard reports that Brown has currently served only 60 of those hours.