A has judge revoked Chris Brown’s probation after reviewing the details of an alleged hit-and-run accident involving the singer and his behaviour afterwards, but he was not sent to jail.
Brown appeared downcastat the Los Angeles hearing and his lawyer, Mark Geragos, suggested that perhaps the matter would be resolved informally without a major probation hearing.
Deputy district attorney Mary Murray did not ask for Brown to be jailed and the judge allowed him to remain free on his own recognisance.
The singer has been on felony probation over the 2009 beating of former girlfriend Rihanna.
Prosecutors moved to revoke Brown’s probation after he was charged last month with misdemeanour hit-and-run and driving without a valid licence on May 12. Brown has not entered a plea in the case.
Brown is suspected of rear-ending a car which had stopped at a red light in California and refusing to give the other driver his licence or insurance details.
A woman in the car with Brown showed her driving licence, according to a police report that says Brown did not provide his until his lawyer had an investigator deliver an expired insurance card to the other driver several days later.
The driver told police she was a recent emigre to the US and did not know procedures. The woman, identified in court documents only as Olga G, said she called her husband and was told to exchange driving licences and insurance identification.
At first, Brown was polite. But as she continued to demand identification, a confrontation arose, she said in court documents.
She said Brown’s companion, identified as Karrueche Tientrese Tran, offered her driving licence and said the car belonged to her.
In her written statement, the woman said when Brown refused to provide his identification, she took a picture of the couple “and then they went ballistic”.
She said Brown began shouting expletives and grabbed for her camera. “I jumped back, the girl screamed, ’Don’t touch her. Don’t touch her’,”’ she said.
“I was so shocked that I was speechless,” she said in the statement. “Just a moment ago he was a nice guy. After screaming some insulting nonsense for a while longer, he slammed a door and drove away fast and noisy.”
The woman did not know the identity of the man until a friend called and told her after seeing a report on the internet.
Brown won a Grammy in 2011 for Best R&B Album with FAME.