Two weeks after entering a rehab facility, Chris Brown checked out on Thursday in order to begin his latest round of community service commitments.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Brown, who entered the rehab in late October to reportedly deal with anger-management issues following an arrest on suspicion of assault in Washington, D.C., will complete his treatment on an outpatient basis.
The singer spent 16 days in the Malibu facility and is now working to whittle down the 1,000 hours of service he was ordered to complete in August, after prosecutors alleged he did not properly report the hours he’d originally been sentenced to in connection with his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown, 24, has until August 25 to put in the 125 days of work in and around the Los Angeles area. A spokesperson told Us magazine, “Chris is continuing his rehab program as an outpatient and is also completing his community service in the Los Angeles area. He appreciates all of your encouragement and support.”
The trip to rehab was voluntary, and, according to Brown’s reps, it was to deal with personal issues. “His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior,” read a statement at the time. “Enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point.” Shortly after he enrolled, TMZ reported that Brown might spend up to three months in the facility.
The inpatient program began one day after Brown was released from a Washington jail following his arrest on misdemeanor assault charges in connection with an early-morning incident outside a D.C. hotel in which he was accused of punching a man in the face.
TMZ’s camera caught up with Brown around midnight on Thursday outside the Hollywood nightclub Aventine just hours after his release. “I’ve always had God,” he said in response to a shouted question about whether he found God in rehab. Getting into an SUV, Brown, wearing a brown fedora, black shirt and khakis and smoking a cigarette, didn’t speak to the paparazzi, but did take a moment to kiss his on-and-off girlfriend Karrueche Tran on the cheek before departing.