DA Moves to Violate Chris Brown’s Probation
The Los Angeles County District Attorney has filed a motion asking a judge to violate Chris Brown’s probation, claiming that he submitted false community service records. TMZ reports that the DA claims in the documents that Brown may have lied when he said he had performed all of his community service stemming from his domestic assault case in connection to his attack on Rihanna in 2009.
The whole thing goes down like this: Richmond, Virginia police chief Bryan T. Norwood wrote a letter on September 14th to the judge in Brown’s probation, claiming that he had successfully completed 202 days of community service when he had only been required to do 180. The letter included documents showing that Brown worked at the Tappahannock Children’s Center, where his mother was once a director, and did jobs such as painting, washing windows, waxing floors, cutting grass and picking up trash. However, the Richmond PD has admitted in legal documents that they only supervised Brown on nine or ten dates and that on all other dates there was no supervision. In addition, the detective that was assigned to oversee the community service was told that she did not have to continue monitoring; all details on the service were provided by Brown’s mother.
According to the DA, Brown and Norwood have a prior friendship. The documents also claim that Brown’s lawyer Mark Geragos instructed in Richmon PD’s lawyer on how to handle questions from the DA’s investigator about Brown’s community service, in addition to telling the probation officer that a court order demanded that Brown’s community service be removed from the probation department and given to the police chief when there was no such order.
It keeps going, too. According to the documents, the administrator of the Children’s Center attempted to coach the guy in charge of waxing the floor on what he should say to DA investigators; however, that the guy refused to lie and had already told investigators that he was the only person who waxed the floors for the past 3 years.
The documents claim that there is no “credible, competent or verifiable evidence” that Brown did the 180 days of community service and according to sources, it was impossible for him to do so on some days because he was out of the country doing concerts.
The DA called the documentation “at best sloppy … and at worst fraudulent reporting.” He is asking the judge reject Brown’s Virginia community service hours and compel him to fulfill his obligation in Los Angeles County. The DA notes that there have been several other potential probation violations in the past couple years as well, including his throwing a chair through a window during a Good Morning America interview in 2011, allegedly grabbing and throwing a fan’s phone in Miami in February of last year, testing positive for marijuana in September and the brawl with Frank Ocean this month.
Brown’s lawyer told the AP that he believes the motion is defamatory, saying, “In essence, it calls everyone a liar in the Richmond Police Department and the Virginia Probation Department.” He says he will seek sanctions from the District Attorney’s Office for filing a “frivolous, scurrilous and frankly defamatory motion.”