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Judge sings Chris Brown's praises

The US judge overseeing Chris Brown's probation for beating ex-girlfriend Rihanna sang the praises of the R&B artist and urged him to keep chipping away at his community service requirement.

Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg did not raise any issues about Brown's progress during the brief hearing in Los Angeles.

"You're doing very well on probation," Ms Schnegg told the singer. "You're doing a great job."

Brown, 21, did not speak during the hearing.

The judge said the star consistently worked to satisfy his six-month community sentence, but she did not say how many hours he had completed.

Ms Schnegg also noted she had read positive reports from a domestic violence counselling programme attended by Brown.

His legal representative Mark Geragos said at a hearing in May that Brown logged nearly 300 hours of community work.

The singer was sentenced last year to five years probation and six months of community service for assaulting Rihanna in February 2009 after a pre-Grammy Awards party.

Once known for his squeaky-clean image and dancing ability, Brown has also been working to repair his public image since the assault.

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