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Chris Brown ordered to remain in jail

Chris Brown will remain in jail until April for violating his probation by failing to stay in a court-mandated rehab program.
March 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Chris Brown will remain in jail until next month for violating his probation by failing to stay in a court-mandated rehab program.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin made the ruling on Monday, saying he was also concerned about some comments Brown allegedly said in rehab.

"I am particularly troubled by the fact that, in addition to the non-compliance with their local regulations, that there was a statement that was allegedly made by the defendant during the 'morning reflections.' When reading the cards, Mr. Brown chose to add his own words to the cards, stating that 'I am good at using guns and knives.' I think that the program representatives were troubled by this as well. And I think that's probably why he was discharged," said Brandlin.

The 24-year-old R&B singer was handcuffed and wearing an orange jail suit when he walked into court. His mother was also in the courtroom and broke down in tears as the judge ordered her son to remain in jail.

Brown was arrested last Friday after being discharged from the rehab facility in Malibu, where he had been ordered to stay.

The judge said the facility discharged Brown for several reasons, namely, that he allegedly failed to take a mandated drug test, that he made a provocative statement during group therapy, and that he touched elbows with a female client. All those alleged incidents are against the rules of the facility.

Brown has now been ordered to remain in custody until the probation violation hearing scheduled for April 23. He has been on probation since 2009 when he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon for the beating of his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

But there is a scheduling glitch for Brown. He has a pending misdemeanor trial in Washington D.C. set for April 17. That case is based on allegations that Brown and his bodyguard assaulted a man who was trying to get into a picture with the singer outside a hotel.

Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, says his client has the right to be present at both proceedings and being in jail for more than five weeks won't allow him to do that. Geragos added that the incidents that allegedly happened in the facility were blown out of proportion.

"This client has to be the most scrutinized person when it comes to psychiatry of anybody I've ever seen," said Geragos. "He made a comment. I could go on and on about it, but what difference does it make? He was in there getting therapy, and it is what it is. Any suggestion that he didn't do testing is wrong because he did do the testing and it came back negative."

Brandlin asked the prosecution and the defense to investigate whether the Washington D.C. court will have the ability to transport Brown there for the April 17 hearing. If not, the judge indicated that he may set the probation violation hearing before the D.C. trial.

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