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Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Chris Brown jail bid turned down
Los Angeles judge rules R&B singer should stay at treatment facility for substance abuse and anger management
The judge said the court-ordered programme gave Chris Brown an 'adequate safety net'. Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
A judge in Los Angeles has turned down prosecutors' motion to jail R&B singer Chris Brown because of his arrest last year on an assault charge in Washington.
Judge James R Brandlin said Brown should stay at a treatment facility for substance abuse and anger management because he was doing well in the court-ordered programme and it gave him an "adequate safety net".
Brandlin sentenced Brown to 90 days in the treatment programme in November following the singer's arrest for assault in October in Washington, where he allegedly punched and broke the nose of a man who was trying to have a picture taken with him.
The judge also revoked Brown's probation from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy awards.
Brown, 24, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour assault in the Washington case and rejected a plea deal that would have reduced the charge to a simple assault.
The singer had his probation from the assault on fellow singer Rihanna extended last year after prosecutors alleged he cut corners on community service.