Chris Brown is to remain in rehab for two more months. He entered a drug and anger management program three months ago after breaking his parole by assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
The rapper showed in court that his therapy is helping him. When he heard the decision from the Los Angeles judge that he would need to remain in rehab for a little while longer, he closed his eyes and looked like he was meditating. Before the therapy, he would have likely lashed out and made his situation worse for himself.
According to the Malibu rehab program’s director, Brown is now managing his impulses by using behavioral strategies and relaxation exercises. His lawyer, Mark Geragos, also pointed out that he looks much better than he did three months ago. The 24-year-old also appreciates everything that the facility has done for him and has become a better man, according to the probation report given to the judge.
The troubles for the rapper started five years ago. He assaulted his girlfriend at the time, singer Rihanna, while they were in a rented Lamborghini. He was sentences to 1,400 hours of community work and would spend the next five years on probation. That probation has been revoked twice for alleged assaults. One of those was for punching a man close to the White House.
He was in a Washington jail when he volunteered to go to rehab to help control his anger. There was one incident that saw him kicked out of a program within a couple of days, but it is now working. However, Brown will need to spend two more months in rehab, according to the recent ruling by the judge.
The initial incident involved his mother’s car. The 24-year-old’s mother told him that she wanted him to remain in treatment and receive the help he needed. He threw a rock and shattered her car window. Mrs. Brown was next to her son during the hearing on Friday, proving that she still supports him.
While attending his therapy sessions and kicking his drug habit, he is also taking part in a labor crew cleaning up the highway. He spends three days each week with that crew to fulfill the requirement to do 750 hours of community service still remaining. That should be finished by the middle of October if he continues this way.
He is still to go on trial for the alleged assault outside the White House. That will take place the week before Judge James Brandlin will revisit his rehab status on April 23. Brandlin may decide that the rapper must go to jail for violating probation.
New court documents also show that Brown may be suffering from a series of mental disorders. Bipolar and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have both been used as reasons for his anger issues, along with severe insomnia. The documents also state that he was self-medicating incorrectly, and that needed to be treated. Judge Brandlin believes that Brown will receive more help by remaining in rehab for two more months, before deciding whether he will go to jail.
By Alexandria Ingham