Bobby Brown is freed from jail for paternity hearing. While Whitney's in rehab, he's summoned to a child support hearing in Boston

By Gary Susman
Updated March 23, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Bobby Brown has been sprung from jail — because he’s been ordered to go to court. The Associated Press reports that Brown, who was serving a 60-day sentence for a probation violation in DeKalb County, Ga., was released Monday, three days early, after he was ordered to attend an emergency family court hearing in Massachusetts. The hearing was ”related to child support payments,” the DeKalb sheriff’s office told AP. According to MTV News, the hearing relates to a motion for a judgment of contempt against Brown, stemming from a 1994 lawsuit filed by a former Brown sweetheart who bore him two children.

Brown had been sentenced in late February after a judge ruled that he’d failed to meet the terms of his probation on a drunk driving charge, including taking drug tests and undergoing counseling. On Monday, DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown (no relation to Bobby) told AP he’d been presented with an order requiring the Boston-born singer to appear in family court in an emergency hearing in Canton, Mass., on Wednesday.

Brown’s lawyer, Vincent Dimmock, confirmed to AP that the case involves his two children in Massachusetts. ”We’re trying to see if we can resolve the matter,” he told AP. (Before he married Whitney Houston in 1992, Brown fathered two children by childhood sweetheart Kim Ward and another child by a third woman. He and Houston have an 11-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.)

Last week, Houston checked herself into an unnamed rehab facility for an undisclosed addiction. She was expected to remain there for a month. As for Brown, his legal woes continue with a May 5 court date back in Georgia regarding the misdemeanor assault charge he faces after allegedly striking Houston’s face in December.