After being picked up by police during a romantic dinner with wife Whitney
Houston on Friday, Bobby Brown will be taking his meals behind bars for the next
week and a half.
Brown was sentenced to 14 days in jail by DeKalb County State Court Judge Wayne Purdom on Wednesday morning (August 27) after his arrest Friday on probation violations, according to a court spokesperson (see “Bobby Brown Arrested While Eating Out With Whitney” ).
His two-week sentence — he was given credit for the five days he’s already
spent in the slammer — will be followed by 60 days of house arrest during
which he may leave home to attend a local substance-abuse center. Brown, 34,
appeared before Judge Purdom Wednesday morning and was ordered to undergo another
drug assessment, as well as complete all of the previous conditions of his
probation, which include attendance of Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous meetings and
completion of his court-ordered community service.
Among the probation violations listed by the judge were failure to report
to a probation officer, complete a risk-reduction program, attend Alcoholics
Anonymous meetings, submit to random drug tests and complete community-service
requirements. Brown could be released as early as Friday with credit for good
time served, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
Brown spent eight days in jail and was ordered to serve two years of
probation as part of a sentence handed down in January for a 1996 drunk-driving
The singer was arrested at the Atlantic Seafood Company restaurant in Alpharetta,
Georgia, on Friday while dining with Houston. Though local media reports had the
Grammy-winning diva shouting at the police as they took her husband away on
Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Wednesday that she was calm
during the court proceeding, showing her support for Brown with hugs and
A warrant was issued for Brown on July 17 when authorities said they had
proof he had not complied with the requirements of probation, but police had
been unable to find him at the home he shares with Houston near Alpharetta. The
cops were alerted to Brown’s presence at the restaurant by an anonymous
Brown was unable to report to his probation officer due to a crushed elbow, his lawyer said in court, according to a Journal-Constitution story, adding that
the former New Edition star may also have been smarting from the
deaths of seven family members over the past few months. His lawyer also
reportedly said that Brown served 80 hours of community service in California, but
Judge Purdom said he will be credited with only 40, since the original order
specified that he perform the community service in Georgia.
This was the second time this year that a warrant had been issued for Brown’s
arrest. A bench warrant was issued in January after the R&B singer attended
the American Music Awards in Los Angeles instead of a court appointment in
DeKalb County, where he was awaiting trial for the 1996 arrest. During that stop,
police charged that Brown was driving his red Mercedes erratically and he was
charged with driving under the influence, speeding, failing to maintain lane and having no proof of insurance.
Brown was arrested in Atlanta on November 7 of last year on charges of
marijuana possession, speeding and having no driver’s license or proof of insurance
(see “Bobby Brown Arrested For Drug Possession, Speeding” ). It was at that
point that authorities realized the older case had fallen through the cracks when
Brown failed to show for his original court date in 1997.