Despite facing mounting pressure from the media, spurred by the recent alleged assault of singer Frank Ocean and a 19-page report from the prosecution saying Chris Brown faked his community service, a Los Angeles County judge has concluded that there is not enough information to pass a verdict on the fate of rapper. Instead, Brown will remain on probation and return to court for another hearing in two months.
Brown, who appeared in James Brandlin’s courtroom yesterday, was first put on probation for a period of five years, along with six months of community service, for the grisly assault of his on-again-off-again girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna. In a disturbing twist of fate, Rihanna appeared in court with the rapper to show her support–four years later, almost down to the day of the attack–even blowing him kisses. His lawyer, Mark Geragos, said that Rihanna ”thinks it’s utterly ridiculous what they’re doing to him, as do I.”
Geragos insisted that the prosecution’s report was “DEAD WRONG,” saying in a press conference, “I’ve never had a client, and I’ve represented a wide breadth and thousands of clients, never ever had a client who has been tortured by a DA’s office on probation like Chris Brown has.” He plans to seek sanctions against the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
If the judge finds Brown in violation of his probation in the next hearing, Brown could face jail time.
Rihanna, Brown and Ocean are all nominated for awards at this Sunday’s Grammys.