Rihanna backs Brown in court
Singer Chris Brown has returned to court to face allegations he failed to complete his community service for beating up Rihanna in 2009.
And the woman he assaulted blew him a kiss, as he entered the Los Angeles court.
The bruised face of the glamorous superstar was pictured round the world after she was beaten by her then-boyfriend on the way to the Grammys.
She has been dating him again, and arrived with the R&B star, his mother and two other women.
They left together after the short hearing, during which a judge asked for more information, and adjourned the case for two months.
Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, said he was disturbed about the way the district attorney handled the matter.
Prosecutors, who said they could find no credible evidence that Brown had completed his community service in his home state of Virginia, asked that he start all over and put in 180 days in Los Angeles County.
They have suggested there was either sloppy record keeping or fraudulent reporting.
But Mr Geragos filed an angry response, alleging that prosecutors submitted material to the court that was “DEAD WRONG” and asking they be punished.
He offered details of Brown’s various community labour stints clearing brush at stables, shredding documents, painting walls and picking up rubbish.
Mr Geragos said: “I’ve never had a client, and I’ve represented a wide breadth and thousands of clients, never ever had a client who has been tortured by a DA’s office on probation like Chris Brown has.”
He said Rihanna was present in support because “she thinks it’s utterly ridiculous what they’re doing to him, as do I”.
The prosecution has also raised several incidents that prosecutors said demonstrate Brown has continuing anger management issues.
It cited a January 27 fight between Brown and fellow R&B star Frank Ocean, and a 2011 outburst in which Brown threw a chair through a window after he was asked about the Rihanna attack on the TV show 'Good Morning America'.
After pleading guilty to the Rihanna attack, Brown was given permission to serve 180 days of community labour in Virginia, as long as he performed manual labour such as graffiti removal and roadside clean-up.
Brown spent a third of the hours he logged in Virginia working night shifts at a day care centre where his mother once served as director and where the singer spent time as a child.
A detective who checked on Brown’s work nine times at the Tappahannock Children’s Centre found the singer, his mother and a bodyguard at the centre on each visit.
The records said Brown waxed floors or performed general cleaning at the centre.
A professional floor cleaner contracted to work at the daycare centre told investigators he had been cleaning the floors during the months Brown reported working at the facility.
The allegations are the latest pre-Grammy controversy for Brown, who was arrested shortly after the 2009 ceremony for his attack on Rihanna.
He has since returned to the awards show by performing and winning an award in 2011 for his album F.A.M.E.
Brown and Ocean are competing against one other for the Best Urban Contemporary Album category at Sunday’s Grammys.
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