Singer Chris Brown received a good report from a judge Thursday as he continues to serve out his probation for the 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
During a progress report hearing for the R&B singer, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said Brown was in full compliance with the terms of his probation, but should increase his community labor from three to four days per week to ensure he completes his required work by the time his probation ends in January.
Brandlin said Brown was continuing in therapy and his cooperation with the probation department was “good.” The judge said Brown was working steadily towards completing his community labor requirements.
Another progress report hearing was scheduled for Jan. 15.
Brown pleaded guilty in June 2009 to assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury for assaulting Rihanna during an argument that began about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 8, 2009, while the singers were in a rented Lamborghini in Hancock Park after attending a pre-Grammy Awards party.
Brown was sentenced to five years probation, a yearlong domestic violence program — which he completed — and 180 days of community labor.
Brown’s probation was first revoked in summer 2013 after he was charged with a pair of misdemeanors and an infraction stemming from a traffic crash in Toluca Lake. Those charges were later dismissed.
His probation was reinstated in August 2013, when Brandlin ordered the singer to perform an additional 1,000 hours of community labor.
It was revoked again after he was accused in Washington, D.C., of punching a 20-year-old man who was trying to get a photo with him a year ago.
In March, Brown was arrested after he was tossed out of a Malibu substance-abuse and anger-management facility, where he had been for about four months.
Brandlin previously said the singer made troubling remarks during a group therapy session, discussing his use of guns and knives.
Brown admitted violating his probation and was ordered to spend another 131 days in county jail, but he was released after less than a month, and his probation was reinstated.