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Prosecutors Want Probation Do-Over for Chris Brown

Court filing cites lack of proof he completed community service

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Prosecutors in Los Angeles want Chris Brown to re-do his community service sentence after finding no compelling evidence that he completed terms of his probation for assaulting Rihanna, The Associated Press reports.

In a motion filed yesterday, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office cited discrepancies in how the singer accounted for his time, saying that he was essentially unsupervised. They also pointed to other incidents they say indicate that Brown has problems managing his anger, including a scuffle last month with Frank Ocean over a parking spot and a 2011 incident in which Brown smashed a window with a chair following an interview on Good Morning America. The filing claims both outbursts violated the terms of Brown’s sentence for beating up Rihanna in 2009. The pair have since reconciled.

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The singer’s attorney, Mark Geragos, called the filing “frivolous, scurrilous and frankly defamatory,” and said he would seek sanctions against prosecutors.

Brown was said to have served his community service in Virginia under the supervision of Richmond’s police chief as part of the singer’s sentence. But prosecutors said an investigation into Brown’s probation records from Virginia showed “at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting” for inconsistencies such as crediting Brown for performing community service in Richmond at the same time he was supposedly doing chores at a day care center an hour away where his mother once worked. 

“This inquiry provided no credible, competent or verifiable evidence that defendant Brown performed his community labor as presented to this court,” Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray wrote in the motion, which asked a judge to order Brown to repeat his entire 180-day sentence in Los Angeles.

It’s not the first time officials have raised questioned whether Brown has violated probation, which prompted a hearing last July over whether he properly fulfilled the community service portion of his sentence. Brown testing positive for marijuana resulted in another hearing last November.

The singer, whose Fortune is nominated for a Grammy Sunday for Best Urban Contemporary Album, is scheduled to appear in court today.

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