LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer Chris Brown was praised on Thursday for a "commendable" job in complying with court-ordered domestic violence classes and community service imposed for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Los Angeles Superior Court judge Patricia Schnegg told Brown, 21, at a hearing that of the thousands of people who come before her on probation "no one has done a better or more consistent job than you have, and I really want to commend you for taking responsibility and for actually working diligently to complete all the things the court has required of you."
Schnegg said Brown had just seven more sessions of domestic violence counseling to complete, and said his 581 hours so far of community service was "very commendable."
Brown pleaded guilty last year to attacking Rihanna during an argument after a music industry party in February 2009. He was sentenced to five years probation, a year-long domestic violence program and 180 days of community labor.
The singer of hits like "Run It!" and Kiss Kiss" has since apologized to his fans. Brown and Rihanna split up after the incident.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte