The assault case against singer Chris Brown has finally come to an end as the 20-year-old was sentenced to six months of community service on Tuesday by Los Angeles Judge Patricia Schnegg.
Brown’s troubles began in February when he got into a physical altercation with his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, leaving her badly beaten. He pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault in June.
In addition to the community service, Brown was placed on probation for the next five years and must attend a year of domestic-abuse counseling. He was also order to adhere to the conditions of the restraining order placed against him in March, which stipulates he stay at least 100 yards from Rihanna or 10 yards away from her during music-industry events they both attend.
The restraining order also bans phone and email communication between the two singers and will stay in place for the duration of his 5-year probation. Rihanna attorney, Donald Etra, had previously asked the judge for loosen the restrictions on communication and contact between the two singers.
Speaking to Brown, and possible addressing rumors that Brown and Rihanna have been meeting in secret, Judge Schnegg said, “I’m not immune to any chatter on the airwaves… Do you understand, Mr. Brown, that any violation of this order is a violation of your probation and it comes with the possible penalty of prison?” To which Brown responded, “Yes.”