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Chris Brown sentenced to community labour in Rihanna assault case

Chris Brown has been sentenced to five years of probation and must perform six months of community labour for beating Rihanna.

 
Chris Brown sentenced to community labour in Rihanna assault case
Brown was arrested hours after the February attack on Rihanna and pleaded guilty to felony assault in June Photo: AFP

The 20-year-old appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon to be formally sentenced for the February attack on his then-girlfriend.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg told Brown that he could be sent to state prison if he violated any terms of his sentence, including an order to stay away from Rihanna for the next five years.

Brown's sentence will be served in his home state of Virginia. He will have to return to Los Angeles frequently to update a judge on his progress.

Brown was arrested hours after the February attack and pleaded guilty to felony assault in June.

Brown apologised to fans in a video last month, calling his actions "unacceptable" and said he has apologised to Rihanna, who did not appear in court on Tuesday.

The judge said the chief of police in Richmond, Virginia, would supervise Brown's community labour directly.

The judge said she wanted to ensure that Brown performs physical labour instead of community service, such as mentoring young people.

The attack occurred in Los Angeles' Hancock Park neighbourhood as Brown drove a rented sports car. A Los Angeles police detective described a brutal attack in a search warrant affidavit filed in the case, stating Brown hit, choked and bit Rihanna and tried at one point to push her from the car.

Brown's career suffered after his arrest, with sponsors dropping him and radio stations refusing to play his music. Both he and Rihanna had to cancel several high-profile appearances, including planned performances at the Grammy Awards the day of the attack.

A felony charge of making criminal threats was dropped during Tuesday's sentencing.

 
 
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