After the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office issued a stinging 19-page report on Tuesday claiming that Chris Brown did not complete his 180 days of community labor in connection with his 2009 plea deal to felony assault on Rihanna, the singer’s lawyer hit back with evidence to the contrary.
Brown and lawyer Mark Geragos (and Rihanna) were in court in Los Angeles on Wednesday for a hearing on the matter. While Geragos had previously said the D.A.’s office appeared to have “completely lost their minds” in making their claims about Brown’s service, after the hearing he offered up proof.
According to TMZ, Geragos filed a response to the D.A.’s claims — which include that Brown was on vacation several times when he said he was working and that there is scant evidence he completed other tasks — in which he said prosecutors omitted some important facts.
While the D.A.’s report said that “no human being ever witnessed” Chris performing community labor, Geragos’ docs claim that Richmond’s deputy police chief, “observed Brown working very hard at cleaning the brush at the [police] stables.”
The lawyer’s response also reportedly has invoices and checks showing that Brown paid $31,534.70 to the Richmond police department for providing security during his labor details, which the D.A.’s office claimed the singer didn’t pay.
Geragos did not, however, appear to make any reference to the Tappahannock Children’s Center, the site where Brown claimed to have done significant labor. The D.A.’s office reported that Brown’s mother, who used to be the director of the Center, filled out the paperwork for his work there and that the figures did not add up.
After the hearing — at which Brown was ordered to return to court on April 5 — Geragos said, “I have never had a client who has been tortured like Chris Brown has,” according to TMZ.
He said he would not only seek sanctions against prosecutors, claiming that he wants them to be held in contempt of court for filing false claims, but also that, “the D.A. is paralyzed with the thought his [Brown's] probation will be terminated. If that happens they won’t be able to jock him around like they’ve been jocking him around … What we’ve uncovered so far should shock the conscience of the court. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.”