Chris Brown's third album "Grafitti" took on new meaning Tuesday after the soulful singer pled guilty to assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna and received a sentence of 180 days of "labor-oriented" community work that could very well mean scrubbing walls.
Middle East concert cancelled
After the February 8 incident, superstar Rihanna cancelled her comeback concert in Dubai, originally set for May 28.
It would have been her first-ever performance in the Middle East, but managers of the event announced that she "will not be accepting to hold a public concert at this time as it is not appropriate timing for her.”
Rihanna and her management will not be accepting to hold a public concert at this time as it is not appropriate timing for her
Yassin Matbouly, from Vibe Entertainment Management Agency
Brown's attorney Marc Geragos announced the deal as the singer, who had earlier pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court for a preliminary hearing into the case.
"This is a kid who's never been in trouble before. He embraces this as a chance to get the message out that domestic violence will not be tolerated. He wants to get his life back on track," said Geragos. .
Under the plea deal, Brown will be placed on probation for five years and must perform 180 days of "labor-oriented" community work in his home state of Virginia, prosecutors said.
He is also forbidden to go within 50 yards of Rihanna – or 10 at industry events -- and could face four years in prison if the sentence is not respected. Judge Patricia Schnegg said she wanted to make sure Brown "was treated as any other person who comes through this court."
This is a kid who's never been in trouble before. He embraces this as a chance to get the message out that domestic violence will not be tolerated. He wants to get his life back on track
Lawyer of Chris Brown, Marc Geragos
Rihanna appeared in court with her lawyer after Brown had left the packed courtroom.
"Rihanna believes that this is a fair and just resolution to this case," Donald Etra told reporters. "She's feeling fine. She understood what was happening in court. She did not object to the plea by Chris."
Etra said the superstar had been willing to testify against Brown had the case gone to trial.
"She was fully prepared to testify to what happened that evening and she would have told the truth," Etra said, adding no comment as to Rihanna's current relationship with Brown.
Brown will be formally sentenced at a hearing in August.