L.A. District Attorney: Chris Brown Likely Faked Community Service Hours
Chris Brown might have faked community service hours in connection to terms of his 2009 sentence for assaulting girlfriend Rihanna, the Los Angeles County district attorney said Tuesday as reported by The Los Angeles Times.
The singer has given no “credible, competent or verifiable” evidence of completing any of his required community service, according to DA Jackie Lacey. Prosecutors are asking a judge to order Brown to fulfill his obligation, noting “significant discrepancies.”
Brown was ordered to complete more than 180 days of labor-oriented community service as part of his sentencing after pleading no contest to a felony battery charge involving Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards. Brown was permitted to complete his community service hours in his home state of Virginia. At the time, he also was sentenced to a yearlong domestic violence class and five years of probation.
Deputy DA Mary Murray on Tuesday filed a 19-page motion asking the judge to decline to accept Brown’s community service due to “at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting.” The district attorney did not ask a judge to find the singer in violation of his probation, though he could be sent to jail if he does not fulfill the requirement.
According to a report from TMZ, Brown was rarely supervised during his supposed community service work at Tappahannock Children’s Center -- where his mother was once a director -- and some of his documented service days conflict with scheduled concerts he was performing outside of the country.
In the fall, Brown tested positive for marijuana in Virginia. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg revealed the test result during a September hearing but did not take action, noting that Brown still had 120 hours of community service remaining. Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said his client had completed all 1,400 hours.
Geragos issued a statement Tuesday accusing L.A. County prosecutors of "scurrilous" statements against his client and says he has encouraged the Richmond Police Department to "take legal action against the Los Angeles County district attorney."
"Apparently the district attorney's office has completely lost their minds," Geragos said. "They are making scurrilous, libelous and defamatory statements and apparently have lost their ability to read their own reports."
Brown made headlines again in January after an alleged altercation with Frank Ocean over a parking spot. No charges were filed and Ocean told fans that he would “choose sanity” and refrain from filing suit.
Brown will be on hand for this year’s Grammy celebration Sunday at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Rihanna is performing. His Fortune is nominated for best urban contemporary album.