Judge says singer Chris Brown is doing ‘great job’ on probation in assault case

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Judge: Chris Brown doing ‘great job’ on probation

LOS ANGELES — The judge overseeing Chris Brown’s probation for beating ex-girlfriend Rihanna sang the praises of the R&B artist on Thursday and urged him to keep chipping away at his community service requirement.

Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg did not raise any issues about Brown’s progress during the brief hearing.

“You’re doing very well on probation,” Schnegg told Brown. “You’re doing a great job.”

Brown, 21, did not speak during the hearing.

The judge said Brown had consistently worked to satisfy his six-month community labor sentence, but she did not say how many hours he had completed.

Schnegg also noted she had read positive reports from a domestic violence counseling program attended by Brown.

His attorney Mark Geragos said at a hearing in May that Brown had logged nearly 300 hours of community work.

The singer was sentenced last year to five years probation and six months of community labor for assaulting Rihanna in February 2009 after a pre-Grammy Awards party.

Once known for his squeaky-clean image and dancing ability, Brown has also been working to repair his public image since the beating.

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