Chris Brown's attorney says prosecutors have 'lost their minds'
Responding to allegations that his client faked fulfilling his community service, the attorney for singer Chris Brown accused Los Angeles County prosecutors Tuesday of making "scurrilous" statements against his client and said he plans to ask a judge to sanction prosecutors.
Mark Geragos told The Times he encouraged the Richmond Police Department to "take legal action against the Los Angeles County district attorney," which alleged Tuesday that Brown violated his probation by not abiding by the terms of his court-ordered community labor in his home state of Virginia.
"Apparently the district attorney's office has completely lost their minds," Geragos said. "They are making scurrilous, libelous and defamatory statements and apparently have lost their ability to read their own reports."
Geragos said prosecutors had six interviews with Virginia authorities confirming Brown had performed the obligations.
In a 19-page filing, prosecutors asked the court to decline to accept Brown's labor because of what they called "significant discrepancies indicating at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting."
Prosecutors detailed discrepancies in the number of hours Richmond police reported Brown served and raised questions about the legitimacy of Brown's alleged work, citing labor at a children's center where his mother once served as director.
"Representations made by the Richmond Police Department regarding supervision, completion, documentation and reporting of the defendant's labor are inconsistent, unreliable and cannot be attributed to any source," the filing said.
In a statement Tuesday, the Richmond Police Department said it would be "inappropriate to comment on a matter before the court."
Geragos said his client spent time "scrubbing floors, painting walls and other forms of community labor" and the district attorney "should be embarrassed" to suggest otherwise.
-- Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather
Photo: Mark Geragos, left, and Chris Brown appear during Brown's arraignment on two felony charges in 2009. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press