Brown held without bail

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iol news pic Si CHRIS BROWN_0314_11 REUTERS Singer Chris Brown appears for a probation progress hearing at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California in this file photo. REUTERS/David McNew/Pool

American singer Chris Brown was arrested on Friday and will be held without bail on a warrant issued by probation officials in the latest legal entanglement for the R&B singer, who has struggled to put his 2009 attack on girlfriend Rihanna behind him.

The warrant was issued by the judge overseeing Brown’s case after he was informed on Friday morning that the singer had been discharged from rehab “for failure to comply with rules and regulations of the programme”.

No further details were released, but more information will be presented to Superior Court Judge James Brandlin when Brown appears in his courtroom on Monday.

Sheriff’s officials said Brown was co-operative when he was arrested at a Malibu treatment facility where he had been staying and transported to a jail in downtown Los Angeles. Brown had been ordered to remain in rehab for anger management treatment.

A January letter from the facility stated that the singer was also being treated for bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and past substance abuse.

An e-mail sent to Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, was not immediately returned. A probation spokeswoman declined to comment on what prompted Brown’s arrest.

Brown’s probation for the Rihanna assault had been scheduled to end this year, but a judge revoked it last year after Brown was arrested on a misdemeanour assault charge in Washington, DC. That case is pending.

Brandlin rejected a Los Angeles prosecutor’s request to send Brown to jail because of the Washington case, citing his progress in rehab. He has ordered Brown to stop smoking marijuana and take only prescribed medications; the singer has not failed any drug screenings since the order was made.

In addition to getting treatment, the singer remained under strict orders to complete 1 000 hours of community labour this year. A probation report dated February 26 stated that Brown had completed 250 hours and that he was being co-operative with probation officials.

Brown’s attempts at treatment have not been without difficulties. A rehab centre where Brown was voluntarily staying reported to Brandlin that the singer threw a rock through his mother’s window during a joint counselling session in November. The judge then ordered Brown to remain in treatment for another three months and renewed that order at a hearing on February 28.

A probation officer interviewed Brown for the February report, saying the singer was grateful to be in rehab and looked forward to staying out of trouble. “He remains thankful to the court for the opportunity to find out and learn more about himself, his anger issues and the type of person he wants to become, which is a man who is able to better himself and be a positive role model,” the report states.

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