Belfast Telegraph

Chris Brown arrested on warrant

Chris Brown has been arrested and will be held without bail on a warrant issued by probation officials in the latest legal entanglement for the R&B singer.

The warrant was issued by a judge overseeing Chris's case after he was informed the singer had been discharged from rehab "for failure to comply with rules and regulations of the programme".

No further details were released, but more information will be presented to Superior Court judge James R Brandlin when the singer appears in court on Monday.

Sheriff's officials said Chris was co-operative when he was arrested at a Malibu treatment facility where he had been staying, and taken to a jail in Los Angeles.

The singer had been ordered to rehab for anger management treatment. A January letter from the facility said Chris was also being treated for bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and past substance abuse.

A probation spokeswoman declined to comment on what prompted his arrest.

Chris's probation for an assault on fellow singer Rihanna had been scheduled to end this year, but a judge revoked it last year after he was arrested on a misdemeanour assault charge in Washington DC. That case is pending.

Judge Brandlin rejected a Los Angeles prosecutor's request to send Chris to jail because of the Washington case, citing his progress in rehab. He has ordered Chris to stop smoking marijuana and take only prescribed medications, and the singer has not failed any drug screenings since the order was made.

In addition to getting treatment, the singer remained under strict orders to complete 1,000 hours of community service this year. A probation report on February 26 said he had completed 250 hours and was being co-operative with probation officials.

Chris's attempts at treatment have not been without difficulties.

A rehab centre where he was voluntarily staying reported to Judge Brandlin that the singer threw a rock through his mother's window during a joint counselling session in November. The judge then ordered Chris to remain in treatment for another three months and renewed that order at a hearing on February 28.

A probation officer interviewed Chris for the February report, saying the singer was grateful to be in rehab and "looks forward to staying out of trouble".

"He remains thankful to the court for the opportunity to find out and learn more about himself, his anger issues and the type of person he wants to become, which is a man who is able to better himself and be a positive role model," the report said.


From Belfast Telegraph