Chris Brown dodged a bullet on Tuesday (February 5) when Los Angeles Sheriff’s officials closed the case on a misdemeanor assault investigation into his parking lot altercation with Frank Ocean last week. But Brown is not out of the woods just yet.
Just as he was getting off the hook in that case, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office issued a scathing report about the status of Brown’s court-ordered community service requirements in connection with his felony plea on the 2009 assault on Rihanna.
As part of his plea deal in that case, Brown was placed on five years probation and ordered to complete 180 days of community labor, which the court allowed him to serve in his home state of Virginia. But, according to Tuesday’s 19-page report from the D.A.’s office, Brown failed to provide, “credible, competent or verifiable evidence” that he completed that labor, which led to a request that the court order him to re-do that work in Los Angeles.
As a result, Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray filed a motion asking the court to reject the labor Brown reportedly completed in Virginia due to “significant discrepancies indicating at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting.” In September, an audit of the work first raised questions about the community service.
The chief of police of Richmond, Virginia, wrote a letter to the judge in Brown’s assault case in September claiming that the singer had completed 22 days above and beyond his required 180 of community labor requirement in the case. Among the duties he was reported to have participated in: trash and debris removal, public park clean up, washing city owned vehicles, painting, stripping and waxing floors and cleaning up horse stables.
But, the D.A. reported, neither the Virginia Probation Office nor the Richmond Police Department appeared to have supervised Brown’s community labor duties.
Among the places Brown reportedly did much of his painting, washing windows and floor waxing was at the Tappahannock Children’s Center, whose previous director was Brown’s mother. The D.A.’s report reveals that Richmond Police Department said they only supervised Brown doing his service on nine or 10 occasions and that he was unsupervised on all the others.
In fact, the deputy who was supposed to monitor Brown’s work at the children’s center was told they didn’t have to keep an eye on him there and the reports on the amount of time and types of duty Brown completed at Tappahannock were provided by the singer’s mother.
The D.A.’s report noted a frustration at repeated requests for detailed documentation on Brown’s community labor hours. “No circumstance exists to justify the Court’s acceptance of Defendant’s purported completion of community labor when said labor has been self-scheduled, unsupervised and essentially self-reported,” the D.A.’s motion read.
The report claimed that Brown’s attorney told the singer’s Virginia probation officer that Brown’s labor was to be supervised, scheduled and overseen by Richmond Chief of Police Bryan Norwood, who reportedly failed to do so. That arrangement came about because of the “previously existing relationship” between Brown and the Richmond police department.
Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, could not be reached for comment at press time.
At one point in October 2010, the D.A.’s report said that Brown could not have been performing the community labor he claimed because he was in Washington, D.C. at a charity basketball game. On another date in March 2012, he reportedly picked up trash for eight hours, but a private airline’s records show he was on his way to a vacation in Cancun, Mexico.
In December 2011, he was again reported to be picking up trash for eight hours, but was actually at the Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., returning from a trip to Dubai.
For those reasons, as well as the possibility that Brown abused the privileges granted him or engaged in deception, the D.A.’s office requested that Brown’s probation be amended.
In addition, it cited other potential probation violations ranging from the January 27 fight with Frank Ocean at a Los Angeles studio, to a progress report from the Virginia Department of Corrections claiming a positive test for marijuana and failure use of marijuana and failure to obtain a travel permit, a scuffle with a fan in February 2012 in which Brown took her phone and the infamous March 2011 incident in which Brown trashed a dressing room at the “Good Morning America” show.
Because of those potential violations, the D.A. requested that Brown be ordered to fulfill his 180 days of community labor in Los Angeles under “appropriate” supervision.