CHRIS Brown almost found himself behind bars, reports the UK Daily Mail.
The singer who appeared at a progress hearing Downtown Los Angeles on Monday alongside his girlfriend Karrueche Tran, is said he could be thrown in jail over alleged altercation with a man in Washington D.C last October.
But Chris Brown was spared a term behind bars after a judge freed him on the condition he stays in rehab, despite the fact he is facing an assault charge over the incident. Even though the Don”t Judge Me singer is still on probation over the 2009 beating he gave then girlfriend Rihanna, Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin cited Brown continued good behaviour and progress in a rehabilitation programme as his reason for turning down the prosecution’s motion.
This was despite an aggressive statement from Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray, who called for the 24-year-old to be locked up and for a full probation violation hearing. In a written motion she said “he continues to pose an increasingly violent danger to society,” citing the D.C. case and an incident in which Brown threw a brick through his mother’s car window after a therapy session.
If she had been successful it would have meant the fact he was sentenced to three months of in-patient rehab in November after being arrested and charged with misdemeanour assault over an altercation weeks earlier in Washington, D.C would have been heard by the court. Miss Murray said she made the motion on Monday because she now had information about the man who claimed his nose was broken in the attack that allegedly involved Brown and his bodyguard.
However the R’n'B star’s attorney Mark Geragos claimed the only changes in his behaviour since a December hearing were positive. He also argued the court should wait to see how the D.C case is resolved before having an evidentiary hearing. Brown’s lawyers have said the singer is not guilty and rejected a plea deal, with the case due to be heard again on February 20.
Judge Bradlin made the decision after probation officials reported he is making good progress in treatment, and the convicted women beater must remain in the programme unless he is given permission by the court or his probation officer. Had he adjudicator ruled the other way it would have resulted in evidence about the D.C. case being presented before him. – Daily Mail