Chris Brown could face more jail time after a judge revoked the singer’s probation in the Rihanna beating case. The pop star came under fire in court today for not finishing his community labor and leaving town without permission.
Thursday was supposed to be the day Brown, 25, completed the sentence imposed when he pleaded guilty in 2009 to brutally assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna, giving him freedom to resume his music career without the restrictions of supervised probation.
Brown, who must now cancel the concert tour he had planned to launch with Trey Songz next month, tweeted a message of hope to his fans after court Thursday: “Nothing can stop what God has planned. Surround yourself with elevators! It's almost over... Keeping pushing forward and don't break!”
But his probation officer’s report to Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin said Brown was 200 hours short on completing his 1,000 hours of community labor. This was despite the judge’s order in October that he pick up the pace to meet Thursday’s deadline.
Brown also was found to be in violation of probation for leaving Los Angeles County last week to do a show at a club in San Jose, California. His probation officer says he never got permission to travel for the gig, which made news when five people were shot as Brown performed.
Brown, whose probation has been revoked twice before, was allowed to remain out of jail until a March 20 hearing to decide his punishment. He’s spent five months in rehab and jail after being arrested for a sidewalk fight in Washington in 2013.