L.A. County D.A. claims Chris Brown faked his community service

The prosecution has filed a 19-page motion for probation modification, and Brown says his life is hell

Published February 6, 2013 2:10PM (EST)

The Chris Brown saga continues, as the rapper, on probation for a 2009 felony charge in which he beat singer and on-again-off again girlfriend Rihanna, is due in court to review his progress today. And, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, his chance of passing the hearing doesn't look good.

Prosecutors yesterday filed a motion for probation modification, a 19-page report that requests "the Court find [Brown] in violation of the terms of his probation" and to "modify the terms of his probation accordingly," asking that Brown re-do his probation term in Los Angeles County. The report analyzes "at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting" from the Richmond, Va. police department under whose supervision Brown supposedly completed 1,440 hours of community service. Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jack­ie Lacey told the L.A. Times that after reviewing the records, there is no "cred­ible, com­pet­ent or veri­fi­able” evid­ence to support the claim that he has satisfied the community service requirement.

Among the discrepancies discovered: On Oct. 23, 2010, Brown was hosting an event in Washington D.C, although his community service report maintains that he was in Richmond, Va; On March 15, 2012, a police report indicated that Brown was "picking up trash" for "4 hours" between "1000-1800," which is 8 hours, but Brown was on a jet to Cancun at 1600 hours. The report also cited several instances of probation violation, including marijuana use.

Although the motion requests a do-over, the L.A. Times notes that if found in violation of probation, Brown could face jail time. The singer's attorney, Mark Geragos, however, is fighting the report, calling it "frivolous, scurrilous and frankly defamatory," and Brown is fighting back, too. Last night, the rapper took to Instagram (now set to private) to defend himself, saying:

Im a human being and I honestly think I deserve respect Im sick of being accused ... Im tired yall Just don't understand Ive been going through this sh*t since I was 19 years old .. You cant sit here and tell me to calm down, when am I gonna get a positive outcome out of anything I do? When can I get that feed back? Im TIRED do you read me Im tired!!!!!! Im not gonna sit here and play victim, Im just tired of this sh*t ... I pray every day and night for a new outcome ... and just when everythnig seems to be going good some new sh*t happens. A day in my shoes is a day in hell, believe it or not!

(Read the full statement here.) Brown's probation hearing takes place in Los Angeles at 2 pm PT today.


By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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