Chris Brown likes to paint and sing about graffiti and soon he could be scrubbing it from sites across Los Angeles, as he was ordered to complete an additional 1,000 hours of community labor during a court hearing this morning.
A prosecutor agreed today to withdraw a request to rescind Brown’s probation after he was involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident. That hit-and-run charge was dismissed earlier.
He was convicted in 2009 for assaulting this then girlfriend Rihanna. Brown must complete the hours by Aug. 25, 2014.
Brown attended the hearing, wearing a white shirt and black suit, and appeared frustrated with the negotiations during the hearing.
Under the terms, which were announced after three closed-door sessions with the judge and attorneys, Brown’s community labor options include work for Caltrans or cleaning up beaches or graffiti.
At the very least, prosecutors wanted a modification that would have forced him to repeat the six months of community labor included in his original sentence.
As part of his probation in the Rihanna assault, he was required to perform 180 days of community labor in Virginia, says The LA Times.
At one point, he told his attorney out loud in the courtroom, “I understand. I understand. I am going to say whatever I want to. It’s how I feel. I don’t care.”
The “Turn Up the Music” singer was joined by his mother Joyce Hawkins, who he spent time with discussing his options before making his final decision.
Attorney Mark Geragos said his client had completed his court-ordered labor. But on Feb. 5, Deputy Dist. Atty. Mary A. Murray filed a motion outlining a series of inconsistencies with a report prepared by Richmond, Va., police about the number of community service hours Brown had served.
Murray said a review of Brown’s community service claims found “significant discrepancies indicating at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting,” and she asked a judge to order Brown to carry out his court-ordered labor in Los Angeles County instead of Virginia, where he lives.
The Grammy winner must contact the probation department within 48 hours. As for what kind of work Brown will be doing, he has his choice of a few viable options. If he decided to work on his community service hours full-time (40 hours a week), he could feasibly be through with the new requirement in just two and a half months.
Brown has been dealing with a series of legal problems since 2009, when he was arrested for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna and was first placed on probation.
He has had subsequent run-ins with the law since then, for assault and traffic accidents. He also has had medical issues: He suffered a seizure last week while he was working at Los Angeles recording studio, but he was not hospitalized, reports USA Today.
According to a statement by his rep, Brown suffered a “non-epileptic seizure (NES),” and was attended by a doctor, who attributed the NES “to intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the non-stop negativity.”