Prosecutors, lawyer for Chris Brown discuss possible deal on assault case probation violation

The Associated Press
May 1, 2014 03:11 PM

R&B singer Chris Brown appears in court with his attorney Mark Geragos, right, on Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. Superior Court Judge James Brandlin ordered Brown to appear in court again next week to update him on efforts between the singer’s attorney and prosecutors to strike a deal on probation issues in the singer’s 2009 assault case filed after his attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, Pool)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Prosecutors and an attorney for Chris Brown were discussing a possible deal on Thursday to resolve probation issues faced by the R&B singer over his 2009 attack on Rihanna.

Brown was led into a Los Angeles courtroom in handcuffs for a short hearing after U.S. marshals transported him from Washington, D.C.

Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin ordered Brown to return to court on May 9 when a possible deal could be addressed in court.

No possible terms were discussed Thursday.

Brown could face continued confinement or other punishment if Brandlin or another judge determines he violated his probation by getting arrested after a man was punched in October outside a hotel in the nation's capital.

Brandlin revoked Brown's probation in December and ordered him into rehab for anger management and other issues.

Brown's attorney Mark Geragos said if a deal could not be reached by Tuesday, he would request the release of the singer.

"I'm hopeful that we get it resolved, and we get it resolved quickly," Geragos said. "He turns 25 next week. So I'd like to give him an early birthday present if I can."

The Grammy winner has been in custody since March 14 when he was expelled from a court-ordered rehab for violating its rules.

Brown's trial on a misdemeanour assault charge in Washington is on hold while his bodyguard appeals an assault conviction for the same incident.

Brown did not speak during the hearing on Thursday but smiled at his mother and other supporters.

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Associated Press Writer Ryan Pearson contributed to this report. Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP


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