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Chris Brown's probation revoked in Rihanna assault case

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Singer Chris Brown’s probation was revoked on Thursday, after Brown traveled to San Jose for a concert without approval and failed to complete his required community service on time.

Back in December, Brown was ordered not to leave Los Angeles County without permission, but he went on to perform at a nightclub in San Jose on Jan. 11 without approval, thereby breaking his probation, according to court documents obtained by EW.

On Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said that Brown can remain free until his March 20 hearing, when the judge will receive updates from probation officials. According to the Associated Press, Brown’s defense attorney, Mark Geragos, said the reason Brown left the county without permission was because of incorrect advice given to him by the attorney’s office.

Judge Brandlin said he still needed to revoke Brown’s probation, as he did not complete his community service (1,000 hours by the end of January) on time and the judge needed to maintain control over the case, according to the AP. According to the court documents Brown still has close to 200 hours of community service to complete.

In a January 2015 probation report Probation Officer Carlos Delgado expressed his opinion that, despite the fact Brown has been compliant during long periods of his probation he “continues a pattern of making choices that are counterproductive in his ability to be successful on probation.”

Delgado also found the instance disturbing as it was “the second event in less than six months that the defendant has attended or performed where individuals were shot,” said the officer, referring to an incident before the Video Music Awards in August 2014.

Brown has been on probation since 2009 for his attack on, then-girlfriend Rihanna. During that time he has been arrested twice, “once for a battery in the District of Columbia” in October 2013 and also “after being discharged from a court ordered rehabilitation program” in March 2014 for “making comments about knives and guns during a group meeting,” according to documents obtained by EW.

Court reports say that Brown is currently in bi-weekly therapy. His therapist stated that through therapy, Brown has “developed skills to manage his anger and impulses and express them through alternative avenues.”

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