Chris Brown was arrested and removed from a Malibu rehabilitation facility on Friday and is being held without bail at the Inmate Reception Center of the Los Angeles County jail. Probation officials, overseeing Brown’s sentence for his case with Rihanna, issued a warrant which was related to an incident with a deadly weapon and criminal threats that happened on February 7, 2009 in LA. The incident violated Brown’s probation. The arresting sheriff’s claim that Brown was very cooperative during his arrest.
Brown had spent three months in the Malibu facility addressing issues with anger. This would be the second time Brown would be kicked out of the facility; the first after he had inappropriate relations with an employee. Although Brown completed the required 90 day treatment at the facility, the judge ordered him to continue another two months when Brown threw a rock at his mother’s car after a joint counseling session when she made a negative remark about Rihanna.
The 24-year-old was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, post-traumatic stress and insomnia shortly before he went into treatment. The treatment facility reported that Brown’s aggressive behavior was due to his untreated mental disorders, chronic sleep deprivation, and undiagnosed PTSD. Brown turned to self medication to try to deal with his mental issues. Chris Brown was praised by the rehab facility for his cooperation during his stay at the facility. He apparently is a model patient, waking up at 5 AM and performing his community duties without argument. Brown claims to be eager to get better and return to his life and put the past behind him.
The latest incident of being arrested and removed from rehab is just one of the few legal incidences that Chris Brown needs to address at this time. Not only does he need to finish his sentence for the Rihanna case, he also has to deal with felony assault charges in Washington D.C. where he assaulted a man who took a picture of him outside the Washington Hotel. Now there appears to be another incident in Los Angeles with this latest arrest.
Brown’s problems began on Grammy day 2009. The then 19-year-old was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend and singer Rihanna in a rented Lamborghini in Hollywood. Both were scheduled to perform on the Grammy’s that night on two separate segments which left the Grammy producers scrambling for replacements at the last-minute. Both singers were nominated for Grammy’s as well, but neither won that night.
After Chris Brown’s removal from rehab, and arrest with possible jail time, his progress with his mental health recovery will be prolonged. Brown is serving a five-year probation and had four months in rehab when he was removed from the Malibu facility. Brown is required to stay in rehab until at least April 17, after his assault charge trial in Washington D.C. If convicted it will be decided at the April 23 hearing where Brown will complete his probation, jail or rehab. Brown is also working three days a week fulfilling his probation services with highway cleanup. These time frames were determined before the latest arrest on March 14. Chances are Chris Brown’s legal timetable has changed once again.
Opinion By Christina Thompson