A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ordered Chris Brown to return to rehab. The ruling came Wednesday, after Judge James R. Brandlin read reports of Brown's latest transgressions.
The Grammy-winning recording artist was kicked out of a residential treatment facility when he threw a rock at his mom's car window on November 10. This followed a family therapy session in which his mother disagreed with Brown's wish to leave the facility earlier than originally planned.
The treatment facility dismissed Brown following the incident, citing the non-violence contract he'd agreed to upon admission. In a letter that was submitted to the court, the facility stated that "Mr. Brown proceeded to walk outside and pick up a rock and threw it through his mother's car window and it shattered."
Judge Brandlin's ruling appeared to follow the recommendations of Brown's probation officer: besides the three additional months in rehab, the ruling specified that Brown be allowed to leave the facility for 24 hours a week to perform community service and that he submit to random drug testing. He was also ordered to continue taking any doctor-prescribed medications.
Brown has been in and out of court since pleading guilty to the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna.
In court in mid-August, Brown avoided what could have been serious charges related to a May hit-and-run incident. The judge expressed concerns about discrepancies in Brown's claims to have already fulfilled the 1,400 hours of court-ordered community service in connection with his beating of Rihanna. His previously-revoked probation was reinstated and he was ordered to perform another 1,000 hours of community service.
Brown was given a year to perform the service, and parole officers expressed concern about the performer's ability to complete it unless he was allowed to do so while in residential treatment.
Wednesday's court date was set back in August and was essentially meant to be a progress report.
Brown will be back in court on Monday, however, and this time it will be in Washington, D.C. Judge Brandlin gave Brown permission to leave Los Angeles in order to face charges related to an October 27 incident outside the White House in which Brown and his bodyguard got into a physical altercation with a 20 year-old Maryland man.
Brown is walking on thin ice right now. At this point, the Los Angeles judge can sentence him to up to four years in prison for the beating of Rihanna if he is found in violation of that felony probation.
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