When Chris Brown showed up in court on Wednesday, he had a date with him: Rihanna.
Ironic, of course, as Brown was showing up for the regular probation status update hearing because of beating Rihanna in the face almost exactly four years ago. Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault in June 2009 and has been on probation ever since.
Rihanna was conservatively dressed, relatively speaking, and sitting in the front row, according to L.A. Now. The two left court arm in arm, with Brown looking dejected and Rihanna trying to cheer him up, TMZ said.
What makes this status hearing different than the many that have come before and gone off without a hitch is it came one day after the L.A. district attorney's office filed a motion asking that the singer be required to finish, or perhaps redo, his 1,440 hours of community service in Los Angeles. The motion detailed inconsistencies in record-keeping and essentially accused Brown of faking service performed in Virginia, where he maintains his primary residence and had been allowed to do his hours.