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LOS ANGELES – Prosecutors moved Monday to revoke the probation of singer Chris Brown after he was charged last month with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license.
The singer has been on felony probation in the 2009 beating of former girlfriend Rihanna and been in and out of court since then, making reports on fulfilling the requirements of his probation.
A hearing was set later in the day.
In February, the Sheriff’s Department investigated a fight between Brown and singer Frank Ocean at a recording studio, but Mr. Ocean decided not to pursue a battery case against Brown. The same month, Brown crashed his Porsche while being chased by paparazzi.
Brown’s most recent problem stems from a May 12 traffic accident in which he is suspected of rear-ending a car stopped at a red light in the San Fernando Valley and refusing to give the other driver his license or insurance information.
A woman in the car with Brown provided her driver’s license, according to a police report that says Brown did not provide his until his lawyer had an investigator deliver an expired insurance card to the other driver several days later.
The driver of a Mercedes Benz involved in the crash told police she was a recent emigre to this country and didn’t know procedures.
The woman, identified in court documents only as Olga G., said she called her husband to find out what to do and was told to exchange driver’s licenses and insurance identification.
At first, she said Brown was polite. But as she continued to demand identification, a confrontation arose, she said in court documents.
She said Brown’s companion, identified as Karrueche Tientrese Tran, offered her driver’s license and said the car belonged to her.
In her written statement, the woman said when Brown refused to provide his identification, she took a picture of the couple “and then they went ballistic.”
She said Brown began shouting expletives and grabbed for her camera.
“I jumped back, the girl screamed, ‘Don’t touch her. Don’t touch her,’” she said.
“I was so shocked that I was speechless,” she said in the statement. “Just a moment ago he was a nice guy. After screaming some insulting nonsense for a while longer, he slammed a door and drove away fast and noisy.”
The woman didn’t know the identity of the man who hit her car until a friend called and told her after seeing a report on the Internet.
Brown won a Grammy in 2011 for Best R&B Album with “F.A.M.E.”
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