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LOS ANGELES — Chris Brown has logged more than 1,400 hours of community service for the 2009 beating of former girlfriend Rihanna, basically completing his sentence. The Associated Press has learned one-third of those hours were recorded at a rural Virginia daycare center where the singer spent time as a child and his mother once served as director.
And in the last seven months, an AP analysis of the work records indicates Brown’s labor credits increased by four times from what they had been during the previous two years. Yet through it all, Brown hasn’t stopped being an R&B superstar, performing worldwide, releasing an album and even getting injured in a nightclub brawl.
Brown’s service records have come under scrutiny by a prosecutor and a judge, who are trying to ascertain their accuracy. At a Monday hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg called the accounting of Brown’s community service by Richmond, Va., Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood “somewhat cryptic.”
No specific concerns were detailed by the court, yet the AP analysis of Brown’s service shows that in the past seven months, the artist has been credited for working 701 hours — a feat that previously took him 28 months to achieve, clocking sporadic, shorter shifts mostly at Richmond police and fire stations.
In recent months, the logs show Brown has essentially been working three jobs — performing cleanup duty in Richmond police precincts by day, janitorial chores at the daycare 45 miles east by night, and hit songs for global audiences in between.
Ida Minter, the administrator of the Tappahannock Children's Center, said Brown attended the nonprofit facility “off and on” for more than 12 years and his mother was employed there for 24 years, including as director.
Brown’s community service at the center began in January 2010, but work entries dramatically increased in March of this year. Most of his shifts were logged between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. and were typically listed as “general cleaning,” with some entries describing him painting or stripping and waxing floors. It is unclear who supervised him.
Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos said Monday that he welcomed inquiries from Los Angeles probation officials and said he urged Brown to work double shifts so the lawyer wouldn’t have to keep coming back to court.
“I think Chris always goes beyond because he always wants to give back to where he grew up,” she told the AP. “And this was a part of his home because his mom worked here full-time.”
“If you’ve ever been involved in stripping and waxing, it’s hard,” she said. “It’s a lot of work.”
The singer, who pleaded guilty to felony assault in June 2009, only worked at night and on weekends when no children were present, Minter said. That is supported by the logs, which also showed that Brown only worked one other weekend shift that wasn’t at the daycare center.
Brown has been undeniably busy in recent months, releasing his new album “Fortune,” traveling to France for a video shoot, winning a Grammy Award, performing at other award shows and resuming his friendship and music collaboration with Rihanna.
He has also drawn negative attention for being present at a bottle-throwing brawl at a New York City nightclub that left him with a cut chin. And in February, a woman in Miami accused him of taking her cellphone to prevent her from snapping pictures of him.
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