Chris Brown appeared in court today in L.A., two weeks after Judge Patricia Schnegg postponed his sentencing for assaulting Rihanna, due to his request to perform his hard labor in his home state of Virginia. The hearing was moved up from tomorrow to today at the request of his attorney.
Chris will be required to attend weekly anger management classes on the subject of domestic violence for one year, and will be subject to felony probation, which is five years, in addition to the 180 hours of community labor. He will also meet with a parole officer once a week. Judge Schnegg also wants face-to-face updates from Chris himself in court upon her request, every three months. His next appearance has been scheduled for Nov. 19.
“I delayed sentencing lat time because I wanted to see what the state of Virginia was going to require from Mr. Brown,” said Judge Schnegg. “I wanted a firm plan. I wanted to see actual physical labor rather than some sort of community service. I have read this new one and reviewed it and you can do your 52-week domestic violence program with the Commonwealth Catholic Charity. I’ve also received a letter, addressed to me, from the Chief of Police of Richmond who said that he understands and will personally supervise you in performing your manual labor task, which include washing cars, cleaning and maintaining grounds, graffiti removal. He will personally supervise your work.”
The judge also issued a protective order, saying, “The court orders that the defendant Chris Brown cannot harass, threaten, assault, follow, stalk, molest, destroy the property of, disturb the peace, keep under surveillance or block the moves of Robyn Fenty. You must give up your firearms within 24 hours. You must have no contact with the person by phone, electronically or through a third party, except for the attorneys. The distance is 100 yards, except when both parties are attending an entertainment industry event, and then that distance is 10 yards. This will be in effect until August 25, 2014.”
Chris must also get prior approval before leaving the country.
Sandi Gibbons, the public information officer for the L.A. County District Attorney’s officer added at a press conference afterward that “As long as he conforms to all of the terms of his probation, then he’s gonna be fine, but it’s in his hands and he’s the one who controls his own fate.”
Donald Etra, Rihanna’s lawyer, added that she was advised of the plea agreement when it was entered, and she made no objection at that time. This means that if she wants to seek a modification of the plea agreement, she can do so — which means she has no problem with the protective order. “Rihanna knows what her legal options are if she wishes to seek a modifcation of the order.”
“My client will honor and abide by the rules of the protective order,” Etra told OK!. “As far as private discussions I’ve had with her to approach the court to soften those rules, I will not violate her attorney-client privilege. This is not what any one wanted. But it is what it is. And now it is law.”