Chris Brown Does Not Have to Appear in DC Court

A judge said he did not have to fly from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to appear in court on Monday.

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Chris Brown and his attorney Mark Geragos appear in Los Angeles court on November 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Chris Brown got a small reprieve from his legal challenges. Washington D.C., Superior Judge Robert Tignor decided Friday to allow the beleaguered R&B singer to waive his scheduled court appearance on Monday, the Associated Press reports.

He was scheduled to appear on a misdemeanor assault charge, but his lawyers told the judge that it didn’t make sense for him to travel cross-country when they only planned to ask for a new court date.

Brown and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were arrested last month on charges of punching a man outside a Washington, D.C., hotel after he reportedly tried to jump into a picture with the singer.

Brown was ordered to attend anger management rehabilitation beginning this week after a Los Angeles court appearance, reports show.

Meanwhile, sources close to his family tell TMZ that Brown’s mother believes the singer’s friends are disrespectful and encourage his bad behavior.

His mother’s concerns come to light after he was reportedly released after two weeks early from a Malibu rehabilitation facility for anger management treatment stemming from the notorious Rihanna incident. TMZ obtained a report that says the singer’s mom showed up at the facility for a family session and was urging him to stay in extended treatment.

“Apparently, Chris violently disagreed with her and in a fit of anger threw a rock through her car window, shattering it,” TMZ reports. The court ordered him to immediately begin serving a 90-day stint at another rehab center.  

Read more at CBS News and TMZ.

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