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Chris Brown Court Appearance over Rihanna Beating Postponed

Chris Brown’s date with the law in Los Angeles will have to wait another week.

He was supposed to be appearing in a courtroom yesterday for an LA judge to determine whether he had fulfilled his community service requirement for beating Rihanna in 2009. But the date was postponed until next week to give authorities more time to prepare his probation report.

This is only one of the most talked about and thoroughly covered assault cases in Los Angeles since that brick went upside Reginald Denny’s head—we guess the probation officers must have been busy with other pressing matters over the past year and a half.

After Brown’s Feb. 2011 court appearance, in February 2011, the judge apparently changed a restraining order regarding Rihanna from “stay away” to “do not annoy.” We didn’t go to law school, but we weren’t aware that “do not annoy” was a legal term. It appeard to mean he can be with/near her as much as he wants until she files a complaint. After watching their greeting/kiss at the MTV Video Music Awards, that complaint likely won’t be coming anytime soon.

This appearancewas brought about because prosecutors had questions about whether Brown had completed his 180 days of community service that he was required to perform for the Rihanna assault. Brown, who is on probation, had to do graffiti removal, roadside cleanup and other manual labor. (The video below shows Brown clearing weeds and moving an old gate in Virginia.)Judge Patricia Schnegg ordered an audit of Brown’s community service hours after Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray complained of a lack of clarity in Brown’s report.

The order was announced at a progress hearing for Brown. The “Look At Me Now” singer was not present for the hearing but his lawyer Pat Harris attended on his behalf. Harris did not object to the request.

Brown was ordered to do 180 days of community service as part of his punishment for assaulting Rihanna. According to Murray, the number of service hours and where he completed the service were unclear. Murray was also suspicious because he supposedly performed his hours in Virginia, where he is originally from, instead in Los Angeles, where the beating took place. In addition to the community service, he got 5 years of probation, a year of domestic violence counseling and a restraining order barring him from contact with Rihanna.

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