Chris Brown is legally allowed near Rihanna again.
In a downtown Los Angeles court on Tuesday, a judge altered the restraining order imposed upon the singer following his brutal beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna after a 2009 pre-Grammy Awards party.
The restraining order has been replaced by a “level one order.” Brown, who was in court with his attorney Mark Geragos, is now allowed to be around Rihanna, provided he abides by certain conditions.
“I’m approving the order,” Judge Patricia Schnegg told Brown, according to Radar Online. “You can’t annoy, molest, or conduct surveillance of the person on the order.”
Rihanna was not present in the courtroom, but her lawyer, Donald Etra, was. “I have spoken with my client, and she does not object to it being modified to a level one order,” he said.
It’s been just over two years since the assault, which resulted in Brown being ordered to stay at least 50 feet away from Rihanna. Brown pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to five years probation and more than 1400 hours of “labor-oriented service.”
In November, Schnegg praised Brown for his progress since his initial sentencing. “Of all probationers I’ve ever had, and I’ve had thousands of probationers, no one has ever done a better or more consistent job than you have,” the judge said at a progress hearing, and on Tuesday, she spoke positively of Brown’s participation in domestic violence counseling.