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Chris Brown is 'doing well' judge says

Chris Brown
Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assault last June

A US judge has praised singer Chris Brown's for the progress he has made while on probation for assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna last year.

The 20-year-old has so far met the terms of his probation, not missing a session of domestic violence classes, his lawyer told a Los Angeles court.

"It looks like you're doing really, really well," Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said.

Brown has also completed 32 of his 180 days community labour sentence.

Laywer Mark Geragos said Brown had so far attended 17 of his 52 domestic violence counselling sessions.

Brown was permitted to serve his probation in his home state of Virginia, but the judge wanted him to return to court in Los Angeles for frequent updates.

Judge Schnegg also ruled that the singer can travel out of the US for concert dates in May and June.

Brown is next due back in court on 11 May for another update.

"By the time you come back, you'll be way over halfway there," the judge told him.

The singer spoke only once during the brief hearing, telling the judge "thank you" after her comments.

Brown was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community labour after pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna in their car on the eve of last year's Grammy Awards.

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