Chris Brown has been sentenced for violating his probation. Los Angeles county prosecutors said that he failed to complete his original community service for the 2009 assault on Rihanna.
He had arranged to work part of the original community service hours in Virgina. But there has been widespread skepticism that he actually did so. Bryan Norwood, the RIchmond, Virginia police chief who signed off on Brown’s service hours, ultimately had to resign in the wake of the scandal.
On Friday, the judge sentenced Chris Brown to another 1,000 hours of community service which must be served in Los Angeles county itself. According to various media sources including ITV and TMZ, the work will likely include manual labor such as highway work, beach cleanup, and cleaning up graffiti.
TMZ added that Brown must report to the probation officer within 48 hours.
As I reported yesterday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Christine Ewell dismissed the hit-and-run case that had caused so much trouble for so little actual physical damage to the victim’s car.
However, the harm was done to Brown’s sincerity in the eyes of the Los Angeles City Attorney, who believed that the hit-and-run somehow did represent a violation of Brown’s probation.
LA prosecutors also argued all along that Brown didn’t really fulfill the requirements of his probation in Virginia. With the hit-and-run charge coming as cherry on top, they succeeded in getting his probation revoked in July.
So what’s next for Chris Brown?
It’s hard to say.
He pretty much has to do his whole community service again. But now he’s been under such stress that he has already experienced what has been described as a seizure.
I would hope that Los Angeles prosecutors aren’t deliberately setting him up to fail.
Aim for the stars… Just don’t stare at the sun too long.
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) August 16, 2013
At least for now fans can enjoy a huge sigh of relief that Chris Brown wasn’t sentenced to jail.