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Chris Brown complying with terms of probation in Rihanna beating case, L.A. judge rules

November 19, 2009 |  2:49 pm

A Los Angeles judge today found pop singer Chris Brown is complying with his sentence in connection with his attack on his former girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.

Brown made a brief appearance in court today and was ordered to appear for an update on Feb. 18. Brown was sentenced to five years of probation and 180 days of community service, which he performed in Richmond, Va.

He must also attend a 52-week course of domestic violence counseling. Since his sentence, he has completed 100 hours of the community service, and he has issued a video apology for the incident. In June, Brown reached a plea deal with L.A. prosecutors that was expected to limit his sentence to probation, with no jail time.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg ordered him to stay at least 100 yards away from Rihanna, 21, for the next five years. Brown was arrested in February for beating and threatening Rihanna during an argument in a rented Lamborghini. The incident occurred as the couple drove home from a pre-Grammy party.

-- Richard Winton