Chris Brown Sentencing Pushed Back to August 27
Singer Chris Brown has been granted more time to start his community service bid as the judge in the case rescheduled his sentencing hearing to August 27. The new date will give Judge Patricia Schnegg time to review documents from Virginia authorities regarding whether or not Brown can do community service in the state. The judge met with council on both sides in a Los Angeles courtroom before Wednesday.
"Documents from Virginia have still not arrived and the court wants to review that," said Rihanna's lawyer Donald Etra. He also stated that his client is "doing great" and "appreciates the support," from her fans.
In June Brown plead guilty to felony assault and making criminal threats charges. He also released a public apology for the incident. He is expected to be sentenced to five years of probation alongside six months of community service. According to Jane Robinson, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Brown's sentence is in line with what similar offenders have received.
Prior to his court hearing in June lawyers for Brown and Rihanna reached a last minute plea deal, making it unnecessary for Rihanna to take the stand against the 20-year-old. Brown was ordered to stay at least 50 yards from the Grammy winning singer, reduced to 10 yards should they attend the same events. Etra previously stated he would ask the judge to reconsider the order, as his client does not find it necessary. As of today, the stay away order is still stands.
The former couple has not been seen together in months but rumors of a reconciliation flourished after the two stayed at the same New York hotel two weeks ago. Reps for the 'Umbrella' singer said that the stay was merely a coincidence. Brown also reportedly dined across the street from Rihanna at a New York eatery. "There has been no violation to the stay away order," Etra said of Brown coming in close proximity with his client.
Rihanna's mother, Monica Fenty is also speaking out on her daughter's relationship with Brown. In a recent interview Fenty made it clear that she does not want the two to get back together. I'm devastated," she said "Chris has power over her. She still loves him." Fenty also stated that should her daughter get back with Chris she will be "playing Russian roulette with her life."
Aside from his legal obligations, Brown is said to be back in the studio working on his latest album 'Graffiti.'