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Attorneys ask for more time in Chris Brown community service case

April 05, 2013|By Victoria Kim and Andrew Blankstein
  • R&B singer Chris Brown appears in court in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, 2012.
R&B singer Chris Brown appears in court in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, 2012. (David McNew / Associated…)

Singer Chris Brown was ordered to return to court this summer after attorneys asked a judge Friday for more time to review new evidence related to allegations he failed to complete court-ordered community service.

Brown appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday wearing an untucked white button-down shirt and tan pants. When his attorney emerged from a meeting with the prosecutor and judge and whispered in Brown's ear, the R&B star sighed and nodded.

He was ordered back in court June 10.

Brown is on five years' probation after pleading guilty to a felony count of assault in connection with a 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna. As part of his probation, he was required to perform 180 days of community labor in Virginia.

Attorney Mark Geragos said his client had completed his court-ordered labor. But on Feb. 5, Deputy Dist. Atty. Mary A. Murray filed a motion outlining a series of inconsistencies with a report prepared by Richmond, Va., police about the number of community service hours Brown had served.

Murray said a review of Brown's community service claims found "significant discrepancies indicating at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting," and she asked a judge to order Brown to carry out his court-ordered labor in Los Angeles County instead of Virginia, where he lives.

In one instance, prosecutors said Brown claimed he completed four hours of trash pickup between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on a day when he was actually on a private plane to Cancun that he boarded at 4 p.m.

Another time, prosecutors said the entertainer claimed he was picking up trash in Richmond, while news photographers were snapping him 100 miles away in Washington, D.C., where he hosted a charity event that raised funds for the developmentally disabled, prosecutors contended.

Geragos vigorously disputed the allegations, accusing prosecutors of making "scurrilous, libelous and defamatory statements" against the R&B star.

"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 when the papers were filed. "I also encourage the Richmond Police Department to take legal action against the L.A. district attorney."

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