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Chris Brown begins community service amid TV crews and extra security in Virginia

September 17, 2009 |  7:50 am
Cbrown Chris Brown began performing his community service this week in connection with his sentence for assaulting Rihanna -- and it attracted some media and fan attention where he was performing his work in Virginia.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg sentenced Brown to five years' probation and ordered him to do 180 days of community labor -- to be directly supervised by the police chief in Richmond, Va.

His first days of work drew reporters, requiring officials to provide extra protection for the pop star.

According to Associated Press:

The 20-year-old R&B singer worked along with two others who were serving probation, clearing tall weeds and brush by hand and with yard tools. Additional officers were on hand, but only a few fans and television crews gathered nearby. Dressed in an orange vest, white tank top, baggy jeans and red baseball cap, Brown did not speak to the media but he waved to fans who saw him working. Brown's schedule, including work hours and days, will be flexible, and he will be performing different types of manual labor, Richmond police spokesman Gene Lepley said.... Brown must pay for the extra guards who work while he is performing community service.

Judge Schnegg repeatedly made it clear at that she wanted Brown to perform physical labor, rather than community service, in Virginia, where his family lives and he has a permanent home. She said she had received a letter from Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood indicating that the singer would be removing graffiti, picking up trash, washing cars or maintaining grounds. 

Brown also will go through a 52-week domestic violence program sponsored by Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Virginia. 

Schnegg ordered Brown to stay at least 100 yards away from Rihanna, unless they are attending an "entertainment industry event," when the restriction is 10 yards. Saying that she was not immune to "chatter on the airwaves" about his whereabouts, the judge sternly advised Brown that violating any probation terms would put him in prison.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Chris Brown in court in April. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press.

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