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More rehab for rock-hurling Brown

A judge has ordered troubled R&B singer Chris Brown to spend three months in rehab after a report said a centre discharged him because he threw a rock through his mother's car window.

Los Angeles Superior Court judge James Brandlin also added additional rules for Brown in the coming months, requiring him to perform at least 24 hours of community service every week and to submit to drug testing as he deals with anger management issues.

Brown and his lawyer agreed to the terms, which were suggested by probation officials overseeing his sentence for beating up then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna.

The Grammy winner threw a rock through his mother's car window on November 10 after a joint counselling session in which she suggested the singer remain in treatment, according to a letter submitted by the rehab centre.

"Mr Brown proceeded to walk outside and pick up a rock and threw it through his mother's car window and it shattered," the letter states. Brown was discharged because he had signed a contract agreeing to refrain from violence while in treatment.

The singer voluntarily checked into rehab for anger management treatment on October 29, days after he was arrested in Washington DC when a man accused Brown of punching him after he tried to get in a photo with him.

The incident and the resulting misdemeanour assault charge could still trigger a probation violation that could lead to more sanctions against Brown.

Judge Brandlin ordered probation officers to collect more details on the Washington arrest and report back to him before a December 16 hearing. A prosecutor did not seek any revocation of Brown's probation at yesterday's hearing but said she was awaiting more details.

Brown is due to appear in a Washington DC court on Monday. Judge Brandlin allowed the singer to travel for the hearing, but his ruling makes clear that the expectation for the singer for the next few months is to receive treatment and perform community service such as graffiti removal or roadside clean-ups.

His probation report states the singer has said he wants treatment for his anger management issues. He reported being depressed after being ordered to re-do 1,000 hours of community service earlier this year after a hit-and-run incident. Prosecutors had raised questions about whether he performed his sentence as instructed.

Brown has performed 20 hours so far, according to the report. An officer expressed concern that the singer would not complete his assignment if he was not required to perform at least 25 hours of work a week.

The singer appeared in court yesterday with his girlfriend Karrueche Tran and spoke only once to acknowledge he agreed to the terms imposed by the judge.

At the request of Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, the singer was also ordered to take any medication his doctor prescribed.

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