Ga. Judge Not Amused By Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown, singer, at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, 1-13-03
A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of singer Bobby Brown after he failed to appear in a Georgia court this week.

State Court Judge Wayne M. Purdom also said Brown's performance at Monday's American Music Awards in Los Angeles showed he violated his bond. Brown, whose wife is singer Whitney Houston, had been ordered not to leave the state.

Monday's court appearance was required by conditional bond orders issued Nov. 12 and Nov 15, when Brown was in court to face 6-year-old charges of driving under the influence, no proof of insurance, speeding and failure to stay in his lane.

Brown's attorney, Xavier Dicks, said he expected his client would turn himself in Friday. He said Brown, 33, went to Los Angeles because he was under contract to perform at the awards show.

"When you are an entertainer, you've got to perform sooner or later," Dicks said.

Brown was arrested Nov. 7 in Atlanta on charges of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, speeding and having no driver's license or proof of insurance. After posting bond in Atlanta, he was transferred to the neighboring DeKalb County Jail to face the older charges. He was then released on $10,000 bond.