Chris Brown Probation Revoked; He Remains Free

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  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge revoked Chris Brown‘s probation on Monday after reviewing the details of an alleged hit-and-run accident involving the singer and his behavior afterward. However, the singer was not ordered to jail.

    Brown, who came to court with a group of family members, appeared downcast as he sat with his arms across his chest and his head down on the counsel table while his lawyer and a prosecutor went to the judge’s chambers to discuss the case.

    When they emerged, Superior Court Judge James Brandlin said he had read the file.

    “In this matter, probation is revoked,” he said.

    Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, suggested that perhaps the matter will be resolved informally without a major probation hearing. He said the hit-and-run case would be back in court in Van Nuys on July 23.

    Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray did not ask for Brown to be jailed, and the judge allowed him to remain free on his own recognizance.

    Another hearing is set for Aug. 16.

    The singer has been on felony probation in the 2009 beating of former girlfriend Rihanna.

    Prosecutors moved to revoke Brown’s probation after he was charged last month with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license.

    The singer has been in and out of court since the Rihanna assault, making reports on fulfilling the requirements of his probation.

    In February, the Sheriff’s Department investigated a fight between Brown and singer Frank Ocean at a recording studio, but Ocean decided not to pursue a battery case against Brown. The same month, Brown crashed his Porsche while being chased by paparazzi.

    Brown’s most recent problem stems from a May 12 traffic accident in which he is suspected of rear-ending a car stopped at a red light in the San Fernando Valley and refusing to give the other driver his license or insurance information.

    A woman in the car with Brown provided her driver’s license, according to a police report that says Brown did not provide his until his lawyer had an investigator deliver an expired insurance card to the other driver several days later.

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