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Chris Brown probation hearing delayed; service hours at issue

September 17, 2012|By Christie D'Zurilla
  • Chris Brown accepts the award for best male video for "Turn Up the Music" at the MTV Video Music Awards earlier this month in Los Angeles.
Chris Brown accepts the award for best male video for "Turn Up the Music"… (Matt Sayles / Associated…)

Chris Brown will have to wait a bit longer before checking in with an L.A. judge regarding how much community service he's performed since he was convicted of felony assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

A court appearance scheduled for Monday has been pushed back a week to allow authorities more time to prepare the singer's probation report.

At issue: The number of hours of community labor — roadside cleanup, graffiti removal and the like — that Brown's done since a judge gave him the OK to do part of his duty in his home state of Virginia.

A deputy DA in L.A. ordered an audit of his hours after alleging in July that recent records were unclear on details such as where, when and what work was done.

After Brown's previous L.A. court appearance, in February 2011, the judge changed a restraining order regarding Rihanna from "stay away" to "do not annoy." This past February, attorney Mark Geragos' good-behavior-based request that his client's probation be changed from supervised to unsupervised was denied.

While Breezy has completed anger-management classes and a 52-week domestic-violence education program as part of his sentence, he's still got the balance of an original 180 hours' community service, plus five years' probation that started in August 2009.

In the meantime, some folks in Britain last week seemed unwilling to accept that Brown has changed his ways, slapping warning labels on his most recent release urging shoppers not to buy the discs because "This man beats women."

The singer also fielded flak regarding a new tattoo on his neck, which some claimed to be an image of a beaten Rihanna. Brown denied that allegation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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