Chris Brown‘s court hearing to answer questions arising from the Rihanna assault case has been delayed.
In June 2009, after being convicted of the assault of Rihanna that February, Brown was placed on probation and ordered to perform six months’ worth of community service. This included the removal of graffiti, roadside clean-up and other manual labour.
It was originally thought that Brown has completed his terms with praise from a judge, but after a prosecutor “raised concerns” about the number of hours he clocked up, the singer had been due back in court in Los Angeles yesterday (September 17) to clear up any confusion.
However, the case hearing has now been put back by a week to allow authorities more time to prepare the singer’s probation report for inspection. This means Brown is now due back in court on Monday (September 24).
Last week (September 11), Brown caused further controversy when he unveiled a new tattoo that bears a striking resemblance to the bruised face of Rihanna after the 2009 assault. Brown has since denied through his representative that the tattoo is a depiction of his ex-girlfriend.
On Saturday (September 15), shoppers in HMV stories reported that copies of Brown’s latest album ‘Fortune’ has been had defaced with advisory labels warning people not to buy the LP because he “beats women”.
The defaced CDs were first spotted in the Cambridge branch of HMV and the first photo was tweeted by the Cambridge University Student Union Women’s Campaign. However, the organisation – whose stated aim is to “represent women students in Cambridge and campaign for gender equality” – has remained coy about the incident.
Speaking to NME, a spokesperson for the high street retailer said that although the people behind the stung had “got their point across pretty effectively”, they may have unintentionally boosted Brown’s profile by making more people aware that he had released a new album.
“We were as surprised as anyone when the stickers appeared in one of our stores outside of London at the back end of last week,” they said. “Obviously someone must have snuck in to put them on a handful of CDs, and although they weren’t up very long before staff removed them, the person responsible managed to take a snap and send it out to media.”
They added: “I guess they got their point across pretty effectively – with widespread coverage around the world, though, by the same token, quite a few more people now know there’s a new Chris Brown album out.”