Bobby Brown Released Early From Florida Prison

Singer Bobby Brown was released from the North Broward Detention Center in Pompano Beach, Florida on Friday morning, 10 days earlier than he was sentenced to by a judge during a hearing in early June.

Brown had been given 75 days for several parole violations stemming from a 1998 DUI conviction for his arrest in Hollywood, Florida back in 1996, and wasn't officially scheduled for release until July 18 (see [article id="1426609"]"Bobby Brown Sentenced To Additional Jail Time"[/article]).

The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel" reports that Brown had the 10 days shaved off his sentence for good behavior, and was formally released from custody right after midnight on Friday. His wife, Whitney Houston, and comedian Chris Rock, who was taping a mock vigil segment for his HBO show, met Brown outside the jail upon his release.

Brown addressed reporters gathered outside the North Broward Detention Center, and told them he was looking forward to

going home and spending time with his family.

I just want to be with my family and my friends," Brown said. "I'm going home to spend the summer with my kids and work on my life.

Before he and Houston departed the scene in a white stretch limousine, Brown had a warning for the amassed crowd, some who were there to participate in the Chris Rock sketch: "Don't mess up in Broward County.