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Chris Brown avoided jail time, again, barely.
The singer was ordered back to rehab to work on his anger issues and his recovery from substance abuse following his probation being revoked for the second time, according to a report by CNN.
The entertainer’s rehab facility confirmed that Brown has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, severe insomnia, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Brown has been a resident at a luxurious center in Malibu for three months.
Brown’s legal troubles began when he was just 19 and assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna in a rented Lamborghini in Hollywood. In 2009 he pled guilty to felony assault and was sentenced to five years of probation and 1,400 hours of community service.
But in October, Brown was again arrested on assault charges in Washington, D.C. for allegedly punching a man near the White House.
The judge ruled that Brown must remain in treatment pending the outcome of the Washington assault charge pending against him.
“Only then will the judge decide whether Brown must go to jail for violating his probation in the Rihanna assault because of the assault arrest a few blocks from the White House in October,” CNN reported.
Brown’s probation officer reported the singer “continues to make great improvement” in treatment. He reports to a Los Angeles labor crew three days a week. He has completed nearly half of the community service he owes the state.
“Mr. Brown is able to use behavioral strategies to manage acting out on impulses,” the director of his rehab program wrote in a letter to the court. “Mr. Brown is teaming relaxation exercises that will reduce consequent impulsive behaviors.”
Brown had voluntarily entered the rehab facility following his release from jail in Washington, D.C. But shortly after arriving he threw a rock through the window of a family member’s car, according to a probation report.
“Brown seemed disappointed by the decision, although his three months of therapy may have helped him handle the stress in court. He closed his eyes and appeared to meditate for about five minutes while his lawyer, Mark Geragos, met privately with the judge and prosecutor.” CNN reported.
Brown’s trial in Washington is set for mid-April.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com