US singer Chris Brown could face jail

Agence France-Presse
A Los Angeles court revokes the singer's probation for assault on Rihanna

JAIL TIME? Chris Brown may be placed behind bars for domestic violence

LOS ANGELES, USA – A judge on Monday revoked US singer Chris Brown’s probation for his notorious 2009 assault on then girlfriend Rihanna, but spared him imprisonment for the moment.

The Los Angeles judge scheduled a new court hearing for August 16, by which he could decide on further action, unless the defense and prosecution come to a settlement.

Brown was sentenced to five years’ probation, a year-long domestic violence program and 180 days of community service after assaulting Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammys. A photo of her bruised face triggered widespread anger.

On Monday, prosecutors filed a request asking for his probation to be revoked after the singer was charged over an alleged hit-and-run car incident last May.

LA Superior Court Judge James Brandlin agreed to the request after meeting with lawyers. Brown, who was in court, made no comment after the hearing.

The 24-year-old singer could face up to four years behind bars if the judge decides he has violated his probation and lawyers do not agree on a deal to spare him from jail.

Brown has denied the allegation, claiming the other driver involved was trying to get a “payday” from him.

Media reports said Brown rear-ended a Mercedes with his Range Rover near Toluca Lake, north of LA.

He stopped and swapped information, but celebrity news website TMZ suggested he gave false information.

Brown fired off a series of tweets on the heels of the charges against him – one count each of hit-and-run and driving without a valid license.

“It’s not a hit and run if u get out the car, exchange information (who has NO DAMAGE to either cars). This is really ridiculous,” he posted on the micro-blogging website.

In new Twitter posts Monday, he said: “I did everything I was suppose to do during the so called hit n run, I provided the correct info. There were no injuries or damages. C’mon!!”

“My cross is heavy but God gives me the strength to carry it,” he added. – Rappler.com

Chris Brown photo by Helga Esteb from Shutterstcock

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