Entertainer Chris Brown talks to fans at the NBA basketball finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic Thursday, June 11, 2009, in Orlando, Fla.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) Clean up your act. That's what a Los Angeles judge could tell R&B star Chris Brown at his sentencing today for beating singer Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time.
Brown has pleaded guilty and publicly apologized for beating Rihanna, but plenty more hard work lies ahead.
The 20-year-old R&B singer is scheduled to receive five years of probation and six months of community labor. The judge has said she wants Brown, who will likely be allowed to serve his probation in his home state of Virginia, to do work that is comparable to graffiti removal or roadside cleanup.
The "Run It!" singer pleaded guilty in late June to felony assault.
Brown was arrested Feb. 8, hours after an early morning fight erupted between him and his then-girlfriend in a car in Los Angeles' Hancock Park neighborhood. A search warrant affidavit filed by police described the brutal attack, stating that Brown beat, choked and bit Rihanna and tried to push her out of the car.
The beating occurred hours before the pair were scheduled to appear at the Grammy Awards, and both have been forced to cancel several high-profile appearances since then.
Singers Rihanna and Chris Brown perform at Madison Square Garden in New York, Dec. 12, 2008.
(AP Photo/Evan Agostini/file)
Brown's career has suffered, with radio stations refusing to play his music and sponsors dropping him.
Donald Etra, Rihanna's attorney, said Tuesday that his client would not appear in court for Brown's sentencing. Etra said he would ask Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg to rescind a restraining order that keeps the pair from talking or meeting one another.
Etra said he would ask that it be replaced by an order that prohibits Brown from harassing, annoying or molesting Rihanna.
Brown said in a public apology video posted on his Web site July 20 that he had repeatedly apologized to Rihanna for the attack. He called his conduct "inexcusable" and pledged to do better.
"I saw firsthand what uncontrolled rage can do," he tells viewers. "I have sought and am continuing to seek help to ensure that what occurred in February can never happen again."
Schnegg will consider a report by probation officials and has warned Brown that he will face substantial scrutiny. She told him in June that he'll have to return to California every three months and attend domestic violence counseling.
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