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A judge ordered an audit of Chris Brown’s community service progress Tuesday after a prosecutor handling his felony assault case cited a possible discrepancy in the amount of work he has performed.
Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray requested the audit because she said the records are not clear on how many hours Mr. Brown performed and where the work has been done. Mr. Brown had been allowed to perform six months’ worth of community labor in his home state of Virginia, but a judge said probation officials in Los Angeles should review detailed records to ascertain how much work he actually has done.
Mr. Brown’s attorney Pat Harris did not object to the audit, and said after the hearing the issue was related to which jurisdiction his client performed his community service in.
The judge said part of the issue was that the court hadn’t received detailed logs of Mr. Brown’s community service, which is supposed to comprise of graffiti removal, roadside cleanup and other manual labor. Judge Schnegg said those logs previously had been provided, but not updated recently.
Mr. Brown, 23, remains on probation for beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009. He has completed domestic violence and anger management counseling.
Judge Schnegg ordered Mr. Brown to appear at the next hearing, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 21. It will be the first time Mr. Brown has had to appear in court in several months, and the R&B singer generally has received favorable reports from probation officials and Judge Schnegg.
There was no mention of the recent New York City bottle-throwing nightclub brawl that left Mr. Brown with a cut on his chin, or a woman’s claim that the singer had snatched her cellphone in Miami after she tried to take a picture of him.
Martha Stewart to remain at her company into 2017
Martha Stewart will stay at the company she founded, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., as chairman and also will be its chief creative officer through June 2017.
According to the Associated Press, the lifestyle, media and merchandising company also said Tuesday that Lisa Gersh is the new CEO. Ms. Gersh had been named president and chief operating officer in May 2011 with the expectation that she would assume the CEO role.
Charles Koppelman, the former chairman of the board, had served as CEO during a series of management changes. Ms. Stewart took over as non-executive chairman in May. She had rejoined the board in September at the end of a five-year ban on serving as a board member or as an executive of a public company as part a settlement with federal regulators related to insider trading.
“I look forward to continuing our drive towards sustainable profitability,” Ms. Gersh said in a statement. “We are focused on elevating the iconic Martha Stewart brand to an even higher level and putting our content and products in reach of even more consumers.”
The New York company has posted an annual loss for four straight years.
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