Chris Brown Accused of Submitting Bogus Community Service Docs
(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department won’t file charges against Chris Brown in his reported brawl with Frank Ocean, based on Ocean’s decision not to go forward with the case. But Brown is still facing major legal drama, namely the accusation that he violated his probation by submitting bogus community service records in connection with his sentence for assaulting Rihanna in 2009.
Mark Geragos, a lawyer for Brown, tells ABC News affiliate KABC-TV, however, that “Chris didn’t violate anything.” Geragos goes on to say that the L.A. County District Attorney’s office “should be ashamed of themselves they besmirched the reputation of Chris Brown based on no evidence.”
Brown has been ordered to appear at a probation violation hearing in Los Angeles Wednesday at 2 p.m. PT.
Brown, by prior agreement, has been completing his community service obligation in his home state of Virgina, but the L.A. County District Attorney claims in legal documents, posted by The Los Angeles Times, that Brown may have faked his community service work, and that documentation of his hours were “at best sloppy, and at worst fraudulent reporting.”
The D.A. is calling for Brown to fulfill his obligation by doing work in Los Angeles County.
In one instance, the D.A. alleges, Brown claimed to have picked up trash in Virginia but airline records show that instead, he was actually aboard a private jet headed to Cancun. But Geragos refutes that, arguing that his client “was not on a plane to Cancun.”
In another case, the documents claim, Brown supposedly completed more than the required 180 days of community service, in part by doing odd jobs around Virginia’s Tappahannock Children’s Center, a facility where his mom once was a director. He reported painting, washing windows and more at the center, but the D.A.’s motion reveals that the Virginia probation officer assigned to Brown told investigators that no one from his department supervised, monitored or verified Brown’s work.
But Brown’s lawyer says that Richmond Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood supervised all of Brown’s community service, including spot checking at the children’s center. Geragos says Brown was always found doing his work.
As for the D.A.’s office, Brown’s lawyer says, “They are absolutely wrong and they know it.”
In addition to citing issues with Brown’s community service documentation, the D.A. is also calling attention to other possible probation violations by Brown, including the time witnesses say he tossed a chair through the window following a Good Morning America interview. He also tested positive for marijuana, was accused of swiping a fan’s phone in Miami and failed to obtain a travel permit, according to the documents.
Of course, Brown’s run-in with Ocean is also an issue. And with a TMZ report that Ocean told police he was called a “f**got” during the altercation, it’s unlikely that the controversy will go away anytime soon. The D.A.’s report also says that Brown threatened to shoot Ocean during the incident.
Amid all this drama, Brown let off some steam Tuesday on his Instagram account, which is now private. According to E! News, he composed a long post in which he wrote, “Im wise I can handle the hate but enough is enough yo!! Yes it bothers me but its not my main focus! My music is…”
Brown continued, “Im a human being and I honestly think I deserve respect im sick of being accused…Im Tired yall just dont understand Ive been going through this s*** since I was 19 years old..you cant sit here and tell me to calm down, when am I gonna get a positive outcome out of anything I do?”
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