“Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point.”
Brown was dropped off at the undisclosed facility by his lawyer, Mark Geragos. The attorney told the New York Daily News that Brown’s decision to get anger management treatment was the his alone. “We talked today and he said, ’I want to take some time and do a little introspection and understand everything that’s going on around me.’ It was his decision and he should be applauded,” the attorney said.
Geragos was adamant that Brown’s rehab stint is far from “an admission” of guilt in the D.C. case, in which he was alleged to have punched Parker Adams, 20, in the face and broken his nose. Originally charged, along with his friend/bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, with felony assault in the case, Brown was released on Monday when a judge reduced the charge to a misdemeanor simple assault.
According to reports, Adams attempted to photobomb a picture Brown was taking with two female fans when Brown told him, “I ain’t down with that gay sh–, I feel like boxing,” and then struck him. Both Brown and Hollosy pleaded not guilty and were released, ordered to return to court on November 25 and stay at least 100 yards away from Adams.
The latest legal tangle for Brown, 24, reportedly set off an investigation by the Los Angeles County Probation Department, which could find Brown in violation of his five-year probation sentence from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
If the probation department revokes Brown’s probation as a result of their latest investigation, the singer could go to prison for up to four years. In addition to 180 days of community labor, Brown was also required to undergo court-ordered domestic violence and anger management counseling as part of his guilty plea in the Rihanna case, in which he avoided serving any jail time.
According to Geragos, Brown met with his probation officer on Tuesday after the star’s longest stint behind bars to date. “Why now?” the lawyer said. “People have realizations at various times. Maybe sitting in a jail cell for 36 hours for something you didn’t do is enough to rock you a bit.”