Pop star Rihanna accompanied boyfriend Chris Brown to court for a probation hearing Wednesday, sitting with Brown’s mother while the singer faced the judge.
It was Rihanna’s second time in a courtroom with Brown. The first was the day in August 2009 when he was sentenced to five years’ probation and 180 days of community service for beating her.
Brown is now in trouble with the Los Angeles County district attorney, who accused him in a court filing this week of not completing the community labor ordered when he pleaded guilty to the felony assault charge.
The paperwork Brown submitted to show he had completed community labor is “at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. Brown wasn’t in town on some of the dates reported, the motion said.
Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos disputed the charges, saying that at least six Virginia officials told the Los Angeles investigators that Brown had performed his community labor.
“Apparently the district attorney’s office has completely lost their minds,” Geragos said Tuesday. “They are making scurrilous, libelous and defamatory statements and apparently have lost their ability to read their own reports.”
Despite the serious allegations outlined in the court filing, the prosecutor is not asking for Brown’s probation to be revoked and the singer sent to jail. She is asking the judge to order him to restart his 1,400 hours of community service under the supervision of a Los Angeles probation officer.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin set a hearing for April 5 for Brown to return to court, but a full hearing on the allegations will be held later.
Brandlin ordered Brown to report to his probation officer within the next two days to be interviewed for a report that will be used at the hearing.
Geragos said he would encourage the Richmond Police Department to take legal action against the Los Angeles County district attorney.
Rihanna entered the courtroom behind Brown and sat on the second row of the right side.
This Friday marks the fourth anniversary of the night Brown punched Rihanna inside a rented Lamborghini on a Hollywood street, leaving her face bruised and bloody.
Rihanna and Brown broke up after he was arrested for assaulting her, but they’ve made no secret in recent months that they are a couple again.
Brown got an unusual deal when he pleaded guilty in August 2009 which allowed him to complete his court-ordered community service in Virginia, under the personal supervision of Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood.
Normally, community service must be supervised by a probation office. The Los Angeles district attorney alleged in a motion filed Tuesday that Brown’s mother supervised most of it, and investigators found evidence it was never done.
The motion also accused Brown of violating probation by punching singer Frank Ocean at a Hollywood recording studio last month, threatening to “bust” — or shoot — the singer. It also notes a Miami incident during which Brown allegedly stole a fan’s cell phone and a chair-throwing incident after a “Good Morning America” interview.
Also, Brown’s claim to have medical marijuana license, which used to defend against a drug test result, was invalid because the acupuncturist who wrote it was not licensed to prescribe drugs, the motion said.