Chris Brown due in L.A. court for progress report on probation
A day after Los Angeles County prosecutors raised questions about Chris Brown's court-ordered community service, the singer was to appear Wednesday before a judge for an already-scheduled progress report.
A motion filed Tuesday by Deputy Dist. Atty. Mary A. Murray said a district attorney's investigation into Brown's community service found "significant discrepancies indicating at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting," and asked a judge to order Brown to carry out his court-ordered labor in Los Angeles County instead of Virginia, where he lives.
The district attorney did not ask a judge to find Brown in violation of his probation. A judge will decide whether Brown must serve additional community service time in Los Angeles County. If he does not fulfill his obligation to the court, he could be sent to jail.
The motion outlined a series of inconsistencies with a report prepared by Richmond, Va., police, and alleged Brown was not in the city—or even the country—during times he reportedly was picking up trash.
Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, disputed the allegations, accusing prosecutors of making "scurrilous, libelous and defamatory statements" against the R&B star. Geragos also disagreed with suggestions in supporting documents filed by the district attorney's office, alleging the defense attorney coached Virginia authorities in their conversations with Los Angeles County investigators.
"The motion is a disgrace, and the D.A. should be embarrassed, and I plan on asking for sanctions against the D.A.," Geragos said. "I also encourage the Richmond Police Department to take legal action against the L.A. district attorney."
Brown is on five years' probation after pleading guilty to a felony count of assault in connection with a 2009 attack on his girlfriend Rihanna. As part of his probation, he was required to perform 180 days of community labor in Virginia.
The filing also included a series of incidents involving Brown, including a January fight with singer Frank Ocean at a West Hollywood recording studio and a February 2012 encounter in Miami, where Brown allegedly drove away with a cellphone from a fan who took a photo of him and his then-girlfriend.Another incident referenced was in March 2011 at the "Good Morning America" studio in New York City, where Brown became enraged after he was questioned about his assault on Rihanna. Brown threw a chair through a glass window, an act prosecutors said was "another demonstration of the defendant's anger-control issues and violent temper resulting in a violation of the law."
— Andrew Blankstein, Jack Leonard and Kate Mather