No Jail Time for Chris Brown

Former R&B power couple now ordered to stay away from each other

By Emily Feldman and Jonathan Lloyd
|  Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009  |  Updated 11:00 PM EDT
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Chris Brown Strikes A Plea Deal

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Singer Chris Brown arrives at the Los Angeles Criminal Court Building for a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon, June 22.

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Chris Brown Enters Plea in Assault Case

Chris Brown enters his plea in the felony assault case involving pop princess Rihanna
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Chris Brown won't be going to jail.

A plea deal was reached in the felony assault case that involved his ex, pop princess Rihanna. The deal includes five years of supervised probation, six months of community labor, and an order that Brown stay away from his onetime girlfriend.

Rihanna and her ex-beau both appeared Monday at the scheduled preliminary hearing. The songstress had been expected to stick to the vivid ccount she gave in a police report, according to People.com. Instead, Brown's plea deal was reached before the hearing.

In February, the R&B power couple made headlines when Brown allegedly beat his then-girlfriend after they argued over a text message from another woman. At the time, the two were en route to a pre-Grammy Awards party.

Today, Rihanna's attorney said the singer did not want Brown to be barred from having contact with her, the LA Times reported.

"I want Mr. Brown to be treated the same as any other defendant who would come into this court," L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said. "That means something like Caltrans [trash disposal for the state's Department of Transportation] or graffiti removal, and a two-week domestic violence program."

"I think it is commendable you took responsibility for your conduct," Schnegg told Brown.

After Brown and his entourage left the courtroom, Rihanna entered through a back door. The songstress was informed of the stay-away order by the judge. "Thank you," she told the judge. She was then led out through the same back door.

Rihanna had not been seeking a stay-away order, but the judge imposed one anyway. The order requires that Brown and Rihanna stay at least 50 yards from each, except at industry events when the distance is reduced to 10 yards.

The judge also told Rihanna it's not a one-way order and she will be in violation if she gets closer to Brown than the order allows.

Though the judge expressed some concerns because Brown is not a California resident, it appears Brown will be allowed to do his community service in his home state of Virginia.

Since their spat, the couple's status has been unclear, with some reports suggesting the two were together. 

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