But at least it’s not jail.
A judge revoked the R&B star’s probation today in light of his October arrest for alleged assault in Washington, D.C.—but instead of being taken into custody, Brown was ordered to just keep doing what he’s been doing.
Meaning, the 24-year-old F.A.M.E. artist will remain in the treatment facility where he’s been living and continue to complete the 24 hours of community service per week that’s required of him, take his prescription meds and abstain from marijuana (including the medical kind).
“Pleased he is doing well in the program and for that reason the court is not included to take the defendant into custody,” said L.A. Superior Court Judge James Brandlin.
Brown is not allowed to leave California except to travel to a hearing in the D.C. assault case on Jan. 8, where he’s required to appear in person, according to attorney Mark Geragos.
The Grammy winner, who was sentenced to five years of probation in August 2009 after pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna earlier that year, is about one-third of the way through a court-ordered three-month stay in rehab.
He had voluntarily checked into a facility right after his D.C. arrest, but the judge determined on Nov. 20, in light of his increasingly frequent run-ins with the law over the past year, that outpatient treatment wasn’t cutting it.
Brown, sporting a new platinum-blond buzz cut, appeared today alongside Geragos and did not speak to the media on his way out of the courthouse. GirlfriendKarrueche Tran, dressed in a sleeveless black dress and with her hair pulled back tightly in a bun, was there as well for support.
Another hearing was set for Feb. 10, with Brandlin instructing the probation department to prepare a supplemental report on Brown’s progress by then for his review.
The report released by the court today and obtained by E! News states that Brown has “made improvements and positive behavior change in the program since his arrival. He is participating in multiple daily group and individual therapy sessions, including anger management.”
He has also “been taken off medical marijuana and is taking psychotropic medication as prescribed.” His random drug tests (for amphetamines, cocaine, MDMA, PCP, opiates, marijuana and benzodiazepeneshave) have come up negative.
Brown “appears to have a more serious and responsible demeanor and is responding well to dual diagnosis treatment program changes and medication,” the report concludes.
The probation officer who interviewed Brown also noted his suggestion that the court might consider transferring him to sober living facility after his 90 days in rehab are up. Brown, however, reportedly dismissed that idea, saying that his issues are with anger management and not with addiction, and further time in a residential facility would also cause him to financially suffer as a performing artist.Follow @Infocelebrity on Twitter!
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