LOS ANGELES — R&B singer Chris Brown, who has been jailed without bail in Los Angeles for allegedly violating his probation stemming from the 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna, was in federal custody today and will be flown to Washington, D.C., to face a misdemeanor assault charge.
Laura Vega of the U.S. Marshals Service told City News Service that Brown, 24, was taken into federal custody Wednesday. She would not discuss details the singer's anticipated transport to the East Coast.
A hearing in his Washington, D.C., assault case is scheduled for Monday.
A hearing had been scheduled this afternoon in downtown Los Angeles to discuss Brown's custody. That hearing, however, was canceled, with a Superior Court spokeswoman saying only that Judge James L. Brandlin would be issuing a written ruling on whether Brown would remained jailed here or taken to Washington, D.C.
Brown was arrested March 14 after he was tossed out of a Malibu substance-abuse and anger-management facility where he had been for about four months. Brandlin said the singer made troubling remarks during a group therapy session, discussing his use of guns and knives.
Defense attorney Mark Geragos had asked Brandlin to allow Brown to enroll in another program, arguing that none of the singer's alleged actions warranted jail time. Brandlin, however, ordered that Brown remain jailed without bail.
Brandlin warned Brown during a February court hearing that any change in his good behavior could land him in jail.
Geragos told NBC4 early this afternoon that Brown was a holding facility in San Bernardino awaiting transport to Washington, D.C.
Brown is accused in Washington, D.C. of punching a 20-year-old man who was trying to get a photo with the R&B singer. A tentative trial date in that case is set for April 17.
Brown pleaded guilty in June 2009 to assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury for assaulting Rihanna during an argument that began about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 8, 2009, while the singers were in a rented Lamborghini in Hancock Park after attending a pre-Grammy Awards party.
Brown was sentenced to five years probation, a yearlong domestic violence program -- which he completed -- and 180 days of community labor.
Brown's probation was first revoked last summer after he was charged with a pair of misdemeanors and an infraction stemming from a May 21 traffic crash in Toluca Lake. Those charges have since been dismissed, despite a city prosecutor's objection to a “civil compromise” in which attorneys said no money was exchanged between the parties.
His probation was reinstated last August, when Brandlin ordered the singer to perform an additional 1,000 hours of community labor.