- Associated Press - Thursday, November 18, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge commended Chris Brown Thursday for working hard to complete his probation for last year’s attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said the R&B singer has completed roughly 73 of 180 days of community service and is almost finished with his required domestic violence counseling.

“Out of thousands of probationers, no one has done a better or more consistent job than you have, and I really want to commend you for taking responsibility and for actually working diligently to complete all the things the court has required of you,” Schnegg told Brown during a brief hearing.

Brown is serving five years of probation after pleading guilty last year to assaulting Rihanna in a rented sports car after a pre-Grammy Awards party.

Schnegg has required Brown to perform physical labor, such as graffiti removal or roadside cleanup duties. She is allowing his work to be done in his home state of Virginia, but she requires the actor-singer to return to court frequently for progress reports.

“Obviously he’s gratified and he’s working hard to live up to everyone’s expectations,” said Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos.

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