LA judge says Chris Brown probation going well

Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:30pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna last year, is doing well in meeting the terms of his probation, a judge said on Thursday.

Brown has attended 17 of his 52 domestic violence classes and completed 32 days of his total 180-day sentence of hard labor, his lawyer told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg at a probation status hearing.

"It looks like you're doing really, really well," Schnegg told the singer.

The police chief in Richmond, Virginia, where Brown lives and is serving his sentence, wrote Schnegg telling her the singer was following orders and listing tasks he performed.

Schnegg set a date of May 11 for another status hearing.

Brown, whose hits include "Kiss, Kiss," pleaded guilty in June to assaulting Rihanna, 21, in their car on the eve of last year's Grammy Awards, the music industry's top honors.

Following the attack, pictures of a bloody and bruised Rihanna leaked onto the Internet. She has since acknowledged Brown bit her, put her in a headlock and punched her.

Brown, 20, has public apologized. He pleaded guilty to one count of assault and was sentenced to five years probation, ordered to undergo domestic violence counseling and perform 180 days of community service. A second count of making criminal threats was dismissed.

(Editing by Jill Serjeant)