Just a few hours ago at a courtroom in L.A., a plea deal was announced between Chris Brown and the state of California in the singer's felony assault case. The hearing stems from a February incident, in which Brown's ex Rihanna was allegedly left battered and bruised by him.
Rihanna did not testify, but later entered the courtroom once Brown exited (see "Inside Chris Brown's Hearing" flipbook after the jump for more images). Her brief appearance consisted of listening to the judge explain the"stay away" order issued to Brown as terms for his guilty plea to domestic battery. "Thank you, your honor," Rihanna said and was then taken immediately out of the courtroom.
Brown, who will return to court August 5 for formal sentencing, was ordered to stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna (and will not allow the pair to have even a distant, cordial relationship, according to her lawyer). He was also sentenced to 180 days of community labor, to be served in Virginia, where his main address is located. "This will be a felony, will be supervised probation," stated the judge.
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