Judge praises Chris Brown's probation progress

A judge praised singer Chris Brown’s progress on his probation for the beating of ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

Los Angeles Superior Court judge Patricia Schnegg said last night Brown had not missed a session of domestic violence counselling and had done 32 days of hard labour in his home state of Virginia.

She also cleared the 20-year-old R&B star to travel out of the US in May and June for concerts. The exact locations were not disclosed.

The judge’s comments came during a hearing in which she reviewed Brown’s progress with the terms of his probation.

Brown was sentenced last year to five years of probation and six months of community labour for the February 2008 attack on singer Rihanna.

Brown spoke only once during the hearing, thanking Judge Schnegg for her remarks.

Brown was charged after an attack on Rihanna hours before the 2009 Grammy Awards.

He was permitted to serve probation in Virginia, but the judge wanted him to return to court in Los Angeles for frequent updates.

Before his arrest last year, Brown had a squeaky-clean image and was known for his dance moves and his hit 'Run It!'.

His latest album, 'Graffiti', was released in December.

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