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Rihanna attacker Brown sentenced

25 August 09 21:45 GMT

US singer Chris Brown has been sentenced to 180 days' community labour and five years' probation for assaulting pop star Rihanna.

The 20-year-old R&B star pleaded guilty in June to beating Rihanna, his former girlfriend, before the Grammy awards in Los Angeles in February.

The judge said Brown must do physical labour, not community service, and attend domestic violence counselling.

Brown must also stay at least 100 yards from Rihanna for the next five years.

The judge said violation of the terms would be taken "very, very seriously".

Brown said nothing at the sentencing other than to acknowledge he understood the terms.

The sentencing had been delayed from 5 August as a response was still awaited from officials in Virginia as to whether Brown could serve his community labour in that state.

The judge said she was now satisfied that the labour in Virginia would be physical and would include clearing rubbish, washing cars and grounds cleaning.

Brown must also attend a 52-week violence counselling programme. The singer was also fined $2,500.

He must reappear in court on 19 November for a progress report.

Brown was arrested on 8 February after the dispute in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles.

Text message

Both stars cancelled their scheduled appearances at the Grammy Awards shortly afterwards.

Court documents detailed how the two got into a fight when Rihanna found a text message from another woman on Brown's phone.

He was then accused of trying to force the Umbrella singer out of their rented Lamborghini sports car, shoving her head against the passenger window and repeatedly punching her in the face.

Brown admitted that his conduct was "inexcusable" in a video apology that appeared on his website.

He has also said that he repeatedly apologised to Rihanna.

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