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Last Updated: Thursday September 17 2009 13:24 GMT

Chris Brown starts his punishment

Chris Brown on community service

Chris Brown has started 180 days of working in the community as punishment for hitting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

In June, the 20-year-old admitted the attack which happened during an argument before an awards ceremony earlier in 2009.

He spent his first day clearing weeds and rubbish at some police horse stables. He'll also have to wash cars and clean graffiti off walls.

Brown didn't talk to reporters but he did wave at fans who saw him working.

Brown will also have to stay away from Rihanna for the next five years and get help to make sure he doesn't become violent again.