Chris Brown Fails Drug Test, Judge Orders Further Probation Review [Details]

Rucuss staffSeptember 25, 2012

Chris Brown failed a drug test while still on probation for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

Now Superior Court Judge Patrica Schnegg has ordered a further review of Brown’s community service and travel to determine whether he has violated the terms of his probation for the 2009 beating. The drug test was performed on June 18th in Virginia where he was serving community service and marijuana was found in his system.

“You apparently did have a drug test, and that drug test came out positive for marijuana, Judge Schnegg said. “I’m not going to order a subsequent drug test, but this is my advice to you: You are not an average person. You’re not only in the public eye but you’re on probation … I’m going to caution you. You should be very mindful of obeying all laws and rules.”

Brown, who dyed his hair from blonde to black, appeared in court on Monday for the first time after more than a year. Judge Schnegg said community service logs from Brown’s home state of Virginia were “somewhat cryptic” and additional review was needed to determine whether he had complied with his probation. A spreadsheet sent by the Richmond, Va., police chief indicated Brown had completed 1,402 hours of community service, ranging from trash pickup, to washing cars, painting and tending to stables.

Brown said he wasn’t required to sign in when performing his service. His lawyer, Mark Geragos, welcomed the inquiry and said he expected to show that Brown had complied with all his probation terms.

Brown produced a medicinal marijuana prescription from California during the court proceedings. The judge never ordered Brown not to use drugs, so the positive drug test may not have a major impact on his probation.

Before the hearing, Rihanna wished Brown good luck via Twitter.

Brown is due back in court on November 1.


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