Chris Brown’s Progress Report

When Chris Brown talked to Larry King last summer about assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna, he told the TV/radio host, “They want me to pick up trash [and] remove graffiti. I’m a hard worker.  It’s something I’m willing to do.” The R&B singer has kept his word and completed more than 290 hours of community labor.

Brown made another appearance in a Los Angeles courtroom this morning to check in with a judge about his progress regarding his community service and domestic violence counseling.

In August he was sentenced to five years of probation and 180 days of community labor. He must also attend 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling.

Attorney Mark Geragos said the singer has completed about 20 percent of his community labor assignment and attended all but one of his required counseling sessions, according to Reuters.

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Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said it sounds like Brown was making progress. He’s set to return back to court Aug. 26 for another status hearing. The judge also requested a formal probation report.

Brown pleaded guilty in June to one count of felony assault against Rihanna. The 21-year-old singer was accused of punching Rihanna, 22, biting her, putting her in a headlock and threatening to kill her during an argument while driving home from Clive Davis’ February 2009 pre-Grammy Awards party, according to detective’s notes from the scene of the assault.

The singer’s five-year probation stipulates he must stay at least 100 yards away Rihanna, except at industry events where they must maintain a distance of 10 yards.

In December Brown released his most recent album, Graffiti. Next weekend he performs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond as part of “Virginia Stand Up! A Call To Action,” followed by tour dates in Brazil, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Click here for the Reuters story.