Judge orders singer Chris Brown to stay in jail

Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:03pm EDT
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By Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Monday ordered R&B singer Chris Brown to remain in jail at least until a probation violation hearing next month after the judge expressed concern about his ability to stay out of trouble.

Brown, 24, was arrested last Friday when he was dismissed from a Malibu, California, rehabilitation facility, triggering a violation of the singer's court-ordered treatment related to his 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend, the singer Rihanna.

The singer's probation violation hearing is scheduled for April 23 and is complicated by a misdemeanor assault case he faces in Washington, D.C. on April 17.

Brown was dismissed from the rehab center for violating four in-house rules, including inappropriately touching a female client on the elbow, initially refusing a drug test and making a provocative statement, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin said.

Brown told a group session at the rehab center that "I am good at using guns and knives," the judge said, reading from a report filed by the center, saying this was troubling.

"I have concerns about his inability to stay out of trouble," Brandlin said before ordering Brown held without bail, departing from a pattern of giving Brown the benefit of the doubt as long as he remained in rehab.

Brown, dressed in a bright orange jumpsuit after spending the weekend at Los Angeles County's aging Men's Central Jail, was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs as his mother Joyce Hawkins sobbed.

"None of these things rises to the level, in my humble opinion, to be remanded into custody," argued Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, whose request to have the singer change into a gray suit he had brought for him was denied.   Continued...

R&B singer Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna, appears in court for allegedly violating his probation, in Los Angeles, California, March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson