tested positive for marijuana use and faces a hearing to determine
whether he violated his probation for the 2009 assault on
then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna.
The R&B singer was in court Monday for the first time in a year.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg was weighing the
impact of his positive drug test and sorting through his community
service and travel records to determine whether he has been complying
with his five-year probation, according to The Associated Press.
Before he appeared in court, Rihanna sent him a tweet: “I'm praying for you and wishing u the best today!”
Brown responded with, “Thank u so much.”
Because Brown provided the judge with a medicinal marijuana
prescription from California, Schnegg said the positive test result
during a random drug screening in his hometown, Richmond, Va., where he
had been ordered to complete his community service, may not have a major
impact on his probation, AP reported.
But, she warned Brown to be mindful of his public image and his impact on young fans.
“You are not an average person who can sit in their living room and
do what you want to do,” Schnegg said, noting that Brown's mother was
sitting in the courtroom. “You are not only in the public eye, but you
are on probation. … which means that if you violate any laws or orders,
then you're subject to a probation violation.”
Schnegg ordered a probation violation hearing for Nov. 1, when it
will also be determined if Brown violated the travel provisions of his
probation with a trip to Paris.
The judge added that the community service logs from Virginia were “somewhat cryptic” and needed more review.
The Richmond police chief sent a spreadsheet to the judge, indicating
Brown had completed 1,402 hours of community service by picking up
trash, washing cars, painting and tending stables.
The judge ordered Brown to see his probation officer within the next three days and urged him to be careful.
“You should be mindful of obeying all rules of the courts,” Schnegg said.
In June, the singer was at the center of a bottle-throwing brawl that
erupted at a New York City nightclub between his entourage and a group
accompanying singer Drake. Neither entertainer was charged in the
“A lot of people look up to you — a lot of kids. What you do and what you say impacts other people,” Schnegg said.
Asked for comment on Monday's hearing, Brown's rep referred
ABCNews.com to the singer's attorney, Mark Geragos, who did not
immediately respond to a request for comment.
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