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Saturday 16 December 2017

Brown still paying for brutal Rihanna attack

Chris Brown has been ordered to remain under the watchful eye of a probation officer as he works to complete the terms of his sentence for beating then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

The Grammy-nominated R&B singer did not appear for a brief hearing during which his lawyer asked that Brown's five-year term on supervised probation be ended because of his good behaviour.

Superior Court Judge George Lomeli agreed with prosecutors that despite the singer's high marks so far, he should continue to report to a probation officer in his home state of Virginia.

Brown is in the midst of a remarkable comeback, with the singer set to perform at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

His multi-hit album, F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies) was a top seller and he is nominated for three Grammys, including best R&B album. He has completed half of the six months' worth of roadside clean-up, graffiti removal and other manual labour that he was ordered to do after pleading guilty to attacking Rihanna.

The favourable probation report was written three years to the day after the attack, which left Rihanna bloody, bruised and unable to perform at the Grammys.

Brown has completed anger management and domestic violence counselling, and last year another judge relaxed a restraining order that had prohibited Brown and Rihanna from contacting each other or getting too close at music industry events.

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