R&B singer Chris Brown seen joking with photographers while leaving Greystone Manor in West Hollywood (July 8, 2012)

*Chris Brown must return to court next month to account for his community service work in connection with his February 2009 assault of former girlfriend Rihanna.


Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray requested the audit because records documented the singer’s progress were unclear. She cited a potential discrepancy in the number of hours and amount of work Brown performed as part of his sentence, and on Tuesday, called the singer back to court.

According to Billboard, Brown’s home state of Virginia called for six months of mandated labor, but the judge said that Los Angeles probation officials should ensure the records reflect the accurate amount of work the singer has actually performed. Superior Court judge Patricia Schnegg scheduled another hearing for August 21.

Brown’s appearance at the hearing marks his first court date in several months, and the singer, whose new album Fortune just hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, has reportedly received commendatory reports from Schnegg and his probation officers.

This past February officials reported that Brown had completed half of his manual labor work after pleading guilty in 2009, so the artist’s attorney Mark Geragos requested for Brown’s probation to be terminated at the time. His request was declined by a judge who said that Brown should complete more of his community service work, which includes roadside cleanup, graffiti removal among other manual labor tasks.

Brown has completed his mandated domestic violence and anger management counseling after his violent outbreak in 2009, but the artist still remains on probation, which was set at five years.

Recently, Brown and fellow hip-hop star Drake were involved in a melee at New York City nightclub W.i.P.