Singer Chris Brown has been thrown from court-ordered drug rehab and taken into custody by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, a sheriff’s spokesman confirmed Friday.
After seeking treatment for anger management for about four months at Malibu facility, the 24-year-old “Look at Me Now” singer reportedly violated the center’s “internal rules” Friday morning, a source familiar with the matter said, but the infractions apparently did not include violence or drug use.
The warrant was issued after the judge overseeing Brown’s case was informed Friday morning that the singer had been discharged from rehab “for failure to comply with rules and regulations of the program.”
LA Captain Mike Parker, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Headquarters, explained in a statement that “the warrant was issued related to assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats crimes which occurred on February 7, 2009, in the City of Los Angeles. The warrant was issued for a probation violation related to his conviction.”
According to the sheriff’s department statement, the rapper was “cooperative when taken into custody” when he was picked up from the facility and taken to the Los Angeles County men’s central jail where he was being held without bail Friday afternoon.
No further details were released, but more information will be presented to Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin when Brown appears in his courtroom on Monday afternoon. Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, will appear in court Monday to ask the judge to let singer either go to another rehab facility or go on house arrest pending the D.C. trial.
According to a probation report released last month, the 24-year-old singer had been recently diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and “severe” insomnia. Brown also has a history of past substance abuse.
The facility said at the time of the report that Brown had been a model patient since he checked back into the program on Nov. 20, following an incident where he tossed a rock through the window of his mother’s car.
“Mr. Brown preceded to walk outside and pick up a rock and threw it through his mother’s car window and it shattered,” according to letter from the rehab center included in the probation report.
Brown’s legal troubles began five years ago when he beat Rihanna as the two were in a rented Lamborghini on a Hollywood street. He pleaded guilty to felony assault in June 2009, which resulted in a sentence of five years of probation and 1,400 hours of community labor.
The judge has revoked Brown’s probation twice in the last year, most recently because of his arrest on a sidewalk near the White House after allegedly punching a man.
Brown was interview by probation officer in February, who said that the singer was grateful to be in rehab and “looks forward to staying out of trouble.”
“He remains thankful to the court for the opportunity to find out and learn more about himself, his anger issues and the type of person he wants to become, which is a man who is able to better himself and be a positive role model,” the report states.