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Chris Brown gets probation, labor for Rihanna assault

By Tony Hicks
Contra Costa Times


Chris Brown pleaded guilty Monday to count of felony assault on pop star Rihanna.

Brown entered his plea before a preliminary hearing was scheduled to start in Los Angeles on Monday. Rihanna had been on standby to testify.

After Brown left the courtroom, Rihanna was addressed by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg, who explained to the Barbados-born singer that she had issued a stay-away order, requiring Brown and Rihanna stay at least 50 yards from each, except at industry events when the distance is reduced to 10 yards.

Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, said the plea deal includes five years of supervised probation and six months of community labor. Brown will be formally sentenced on Aug. 5.

Schnegg accepted Brown's plea, but specified the community service must entail hard labor, citing Caltrains cleaning or graffiti removal as an example. She said Brown likely will be allowed to do his community service in his home state of Virginia. He'll also be required to attend domestic violence classes.

Lawyers for Brown, 20, and Rihanna, 21, refused to discuss the status of the pair's relationship. Brown was arrested Feb. 8, after police say he hit and threatened Rihanna after leaving a pre-Grammy party in Los Angeles.



Comments (22)


Posted by carlene | June 24, 2009 11:32 AM

serves him right!!! cant rate a man who hits women!!

niki british:
Posted by niki british | June 24, 2009 11:36 AM

Nuh bowy cyan bax mi har thump mi like Rihanna nuh hard labour him shoulda a get

Posted by Tacious is a GOOD LOOK | June 24, 2009 11:45 AM

Niki British: Hey Darling :) wha gwaan ?

To the topic at hand: They need to send his a*s to jail! I'm sure as hell won't miss him!

niki british:
Posted by niki british | June 24, 2009 11:54 AM

@Tacious - mi vex this morning bad mi think di bowy chris brown would get at least 3 years but because him a star him get whe, if it was any other normal dude them would have over sentenced him

Posted by meleon | June 24, 2009 12:16 PM

Hail Niki British and Tacious! Dat is what u call Celebrity Justice. Mi did done expect dis...wossa Rhianna is from di Caribbean, dem certainly nevva did aggo put dem precious American Chris Brown a prison fi ar. If she was and American...maybe but unnuh done know how dem look down pon anybaddy from di Caribbean. Unnuh just have to read some a dem websites and si di comment weh dem write bashing ar. But Rhi, rememba...Today fi U, Tomorrow fi Him. Him wi do it wid smaddy else again.

Posted by Tacious is a GOOD LOOK | June 24, 2009 12:17 PM

Mi know! Celebs always get off light!

Posted by Toni | June 24, 2009 1:54 PM


Chris beatdown deserve to have been locked away because if this was a regular man him hear cell door lock long time. I can't stand the double standard for punshiment for 'normal' people and those who are 'celebs'... It's not even a surpise that this is all her get's, cause i remember when crack head paris was driving drunk they only gave her couple days in jail and she didn't even serve it off... Whatever! The good thing with this sentence still is that Chris bussdown is an offical felon. this can't be erased as long as him name chris brown he will have this on record... Bussdown try that shit again and see if your ass no reach over rikers! You better off a beat you fist inna the wall...

Vanessa Duncan:
Posted by Vanessa Duncan | June 24, 2009 3:01 PM

All of you people who made a comment are from Jamaica including you Nikki British. and you are all stupid. When dose some one go to jail for their first offense. Chris Brown is not an harden criminal, so why you all saying he should have gone to jail. Men should not hit women like wise women should not provoke a man to wrath either. i said it before and I'll say it again. Their managers should have been with them that night, this was a official event. My Girl needs to know that her man is going to get advances from all the girls if she can't deal it then she needs to step. All you people need to step up to the crimes being committed in Jamaica, where the local police are sexing off all the school girls and carrying them to have abortions. Dem man deh nah go a jail. Well I have news for you stupid fool Domestic Violence has to happen more than one time before the judge will send and man or women to jail. Chris Brown had a bad night Rihanna should have walked away you can't go bugging the man dem they will buss your a*s. This is a sad situation for both parties and I hope that Chris learns his lesson from this.

Posted by meleon | June 24, 2009 6:08 PM

@ Wise and Intelligent Vanessa Duncan: Tek u raas offa our webiste! It is for STUPID JAMAICANS ONLY!

p.s. Thank GOD u live in a country where you dont have sex predators, and such atrocities! Oh and I hope u feel the same way when yuh man BUSS YUH A*S and re-arrange yuh face like Rhianna!

Posted by Toni | June 24, 2009 6:23 PM

BUT WAIT, IS WHAT TEK THIS OLD MONGREL... who ask you anything???

Lawdddd give mi strength.. Your a Chris beatdown fan don't? What you mean we shouldn't be saying he deserve to be in jail because it was his first offence??? So what a murderer, who committed his firt murder shouldn't be in prison because it was his first offence, a raper shouldn't be in prison if it was his first offence ? A child molestor who molest his firt victim shouldn't be in prison because it was his first offence??? Answer mi since yourrrrrrr so smart.. Is women like you that cause domestic violence to be seen as 'nothing' warranting nothing but a slap on the wrist... I know that if Rihanna was your daugther or anybody close to you, you would be singing a different tune... Yeah! I also know that if this was just a regular old joe and not a celeb, Women like you would be calling for his hands to be chopped of.. HYPOCRITE! Why everytime 'you people' feel you have to talk about our crimes and problems? Is only Jamaica stay like that? tell Me because it seem people like you find heaven on earth somewhere... It couldn't be the states, because that is the only place i know men kidnap you and keep u as sex slaves for years and nobody not even know ur missing. SO MI SURE IS NOT THERE YOU TALKING!
Hear how you end your post, blaming Rihanna, tsk tsk, can bet if chris just smile at you, you melt? LMAO.. Is women like you our gender don't need, women like you that make it seem right for men to treat us like crap, because in your eyes, we call it on our self or we provoke him... Move and go get some backbone! Chris a*s should have been locked away for beating Rihanna like that. Even if she hit him first (which i never once heard him say) after PUNCHING HER BACK, he could have stopped, the biting and the head slapping on the window was over kill... A shoulda me a the judge and you see something, bout stupid, Pray and hope this never never ever happen to you, because then there will be someone like you who says' she didn't deserve it but she shouldn't have been bugging him" Domestic violence shouldn't have to happen more than once before something is done about it, but sadly our society is filled with A*SES like you who only act when it's too late... TSK TSK... We women should revoke your gender card, because I expect this sort of rubbish from a man, but not a fellow woman.. You shame mi!

so what:
Posted by so what | June 24, 2009 6:30 PM

@vanessa dunce bat... i can bet you are about 16yrs old judging by your choice of words. were you abused by a police officer? its a bit strange you would strayed from the topic and brought something like thais in your comment. well if you were you should speak up and that will probably help prevent the next victim.

on the contrary people do go to jail for the first offense,where on earth do you get that nonsense,go out and commit a crime and see what happen. christ brown has alot going for him in this senario,he's rich a public figure and yes it does help that it was a first offense but he didnt get away based on that alone. plus he and Rihanna was messing around after the incident so the question aroused....and i (quote from reporters) HOW BAD COULD IT HAVE BEEN IF THEY STILL HANGING AROUND.

well its sad to say the law doesnt apply to certain people as it would to a broke ass man but its life.

Posted by THIS B*TCH | June 24, 2009 7:05 PM


Posted by empress | June 24, 2009 8:52 PM

nasty vanessa duncan u betta watch how u talk bout jamaicans u lucky ni nuh know who u fi show u how wi step up 2 crime in ja wheen u mada had u nasty a*s it was a crime nuh man should eva beat a girl like dat n get weh suh easy a sure if ur man did beat u a*s so u had 2 admit in hospital like ri ri u would understand b4 u disrespect ne body cause a weh dem come from just remember every where have violence just like jamaica u as a woman should be ashamed o urself 4 posting that mess i dont wish bad on ppl but a hope sm body buss u nasty a*s one fine day so u feel weh women weh have fi put up wid dat crap have fi go true u nasty effer u u mek mi sick nuh bl**dcloth u pray 2 god mi nuh find out a who u bout u a dis jamaica suh u brite!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Tacious is a GOOD LOOK | June 24, 2009 11:33 PM

LMFAO Vanessa, I aint even gonna answer to your dumbass statement, the ladies took good care of your dumbass!

Posted by Nelly | June 25, 2009 10:19 AM

@Vanessa hold on one minute....Crimes are NOT tailored to JA alone. I bet u that if u pick up the NY Post or the NY Daily news or any news paper u would see that crimes in the USA are just as bad. It's only because JA is a small country thats why it looks so bad...but America is just as bad and maybe worse.

And as a woman, that was a beat down he gave Rih Rih, there should be no way u condone that. Would u like a man to beat u like that if u provoke him?

Posted by Can | June 25, 2009 1:27 PM

@ Outaroad Jamaican ppl
Why unnu a mek pop dung Vanessa a get unnu upset. Unnu nuh know har story? I mean, she tells it in bits & pieces every month on di site. Let mi tell unnu har story.

Vanessa is a b*tch, who clearly has low self esteem, becuz she is in a relationship with a sack p*ssy rastaman, who travels abroad & f**k & sack white women & groupies, associates with criminal elements & beats the sh*t out of her.

Really, just how "she" loves to defend the almshouse man dem tell unnu seh she is either a c*ck sacking almshouse man "harself" or that she is clearly a woman who has to live with a man that treats her like sh*t, so she comes on here to rationalize her sad sad life. Come on ppl, read between the lines of her sad postings on the site. LOL LOL DWL Vanessa Duncan aka VD aka Venereal Disease. LOL.

Sweet Babysha:
Posted by Sweet Babysha | June 25, 2009 1:30 PM

Well Rihanna if yu did attack him ,di man had to defend himself ! I know I would have lick yu ina yu face if yu put yu hand pan me ! mi no care if yu is a woman or man ,but on a serious note, he didn't have to beat you up like that if he was actually hitting you back in self defense , I think she hit chris and he went too crazy , because if a man hit me without being provoked I would get him back and leave his sorry a*s but rihanna went back to him so I believe she did him wrong too, and I even heard that you two were planning to get together after the court case was over , and you were trying to get the judge to go easy on him ,but I don't know if that's still going to take place [rihanna reuniting with chris] because you started to see DRAKE which chris got upset about . I still love you two and hope you will sort out your problems together like adults .I forgive you chris b because I never heard of you hitting your exs obviously something horrible went down and you couldn't keep you cool. Please come back to us and make that music we know and love, rihanna you need to focus on your career and stop sleeping around STICK TO ONE MAN AND STOP MAKING YOURSELF LOOK F**KING CHEAP ! mi go pan a site an it seh yu want to bruck up a basketball player marriage , one minute yu deh wit jay z di next kanye di next drake and others , yu look good , yu have money and fame , people love your music SO WHAT THE F**K IS WRONG WITH YOU ?! WHY TWO NUTS AND A C*CK CAN'T SATISFY YOU ? YU A GUH DUN OUT DI LIKLE P*SSYH*LE UNDER YU FROCK DAT GOD GIVE YU ? GUH LAY DOWN INA A FREEZER AN COOL OFF YU FIRE CRUTCH ! CHO BL**DCLOTH

Posted by meleon | June 25, 2009 6:34 PM

lolol! @Can!!!

Posted by Tacious is a GOOD LOOK | June 25, 2009 9:33 PM

LOL Oh Gosh Can! Venereal Disease! *DEAD*

Posted by bullhead | June 28, 2009 5:39 PM

Vanessa, the haters like injustice. Simple as that.

Posted by toni | June 30, 2009 11:21 AM

What wi hate fah bullhead aka vanessa...answer mi????

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2009 2:39 PM

no man should ever beat a woman but i am still a fan hope it dont happen again

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