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Chris Brown escapes time behind bars in Rihanna assault [Updated]

Chris Brown will do six months of "community labor" but no time behind bars for assaulting the pop star Rihanna under the terms of a plea agreement reached this afternoon.

The R&B singer reached a deal with prosecutors less than two hours before the scheduled start of a hearing, in which his former girlfriend was prepared to testify about the violent altercation that left her bruised, bloodied and screaming for help last February on a Hancock Park side street.

Under the agreement, Brown, 20, will serve five years' probation and take a year-long domestic violence prevention class. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg also ordered him to stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna, 21, for the next five years.

After a lawyer for Rihanna said the singer thought the order was too severe given that they often attend the same industry functions, the judge said that at such public events Brown was required to stay only 10 yards away.

The judge said Brown can complete his sentence in his native Virginia, where he owns a home.

"I think it's commendable you took responsibility for your conduct," Schnegg told the singer.

Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, entered the courtroom through a back entrance as Brown, his mother and an entourage of eight filed out.

The pop star, wearing a short black dress and pearl necklace, listened as the judge explained the terms of the protective order. Her only words were a quick "thank you" to the judge.

Outside the courthouse, her lawyer, Donald Etra, said she "did not object" to the deal when informed of it this afternoon in the L.A. County district attorney's office.

"She was fully prepared to testify. She would have told the truth about what happened that night," Etra said.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney's office said the agreement was "similar to those in other cases where the defendant is charged ... with this type of felony."

She noted that Brown would be required to perform about 1,400 hours of trash pickup, graffiti removal or similar tasks.

"The sentence is not an easy task," spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.

[Updated ar 3:52 p.m.: Brown pleaded guilty to assault. The criminal threats charge was dropped].

-- Harriet Ryan and Richard Winton

Comments () | Archives (15)

Good. Finally a high-profile case where the celeb admits guilt. Good sentence, too. Community service is no picnic for a rich celeb. Probation is good, too, because if he did not learn from this experience, they can still lock him up for a long time. If he takes the classes seriously, they can help him too. I just hope the girl learned a lesson from all this mess ... and all other young folks can learn from this public spectacle.

Test your IQ at iqtest.com and see if you can beat celebs like Rihanna.

Chris Brown did

I am sick of celebrities riding above the law. If this was anyone else, he or she would have seen jail time. Sad to see even judges get awe struck by celebs. Believe me...they are not your friends mr & mrs judges. They wanted off easy and that is exactly what you gave them. Grow a pair.

The rich and famous buy their freedom, the rest of us take our chances.

Must be nice to have money and can BUY your way out!

If this would have happened to me, I surely would have gone to prison. Must be nice to be a celebrity!

Just another example to our children that if you have enough money you can get away with anything. If you don't get time behind bars for smashing a woman's face then what is the "criminal justice" system good for? Justice for the criminal- if you have enough cash. Brown's tap on the wrist sentence is disgusting in the extreme.

Celebrities get away with anything

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Wow... Michael Vick mistreats some dogs and goes to prison for years.

But beating a human gets a "shame on you"...

So Sad that our court and law system is so unfair, money buys everything even the law

I'm sorry, who is Chris Brown again? Well whomever he is, I can't wait to see him picking up litter on the side of the road.

You cant take the hood out of Chris Brown, he can leave the hood, but the hood is always with him wherever he goes, eventually he will be locked up.

I hope this is resolved amicably, or justice meted out if necessary.

chris brown just stupid and rihanna is so cute

chris brown is so cute and rihanna is so nice


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