R’n’B star Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna and will be sentenced to 180 days of community work for the attack.
Brown will be put on probation for five years. Lawyers for Brown, who had earlier pleaded not guilty to assault, announced the plea deal as the singer appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court for a preliminary hearing into the case.
Brown, 20, will escape a jail sentence for his attack onUmbrella singer Rihanna on February 8, which happened as the couple drove home from a Grammy Awards party.
Rihanna in court
The incident left Rihanna with cuts and bruises on her face, forcing her to cancel a performance at the Grammyslater that day. Brown later said he was “sorry and saddened” by the events and that he was seeking the counselling of his pastor, family and friends. Affidavits filed in the case alleged Brown slammed Rihanna’s head against a car window before repeatedly punching and biting her.
Rihanna pictured after the attack
Under the plea deal, Brown will be placed on probation for five years and must perform 180 days of “labour-oriented” community work in his home state of Virginia, prosecutors said. He will be formally sentenced in August. Rihanna appeared in court with her lawyer after Brown had left the packed courtroom.