In a widely publicized intimate partner violence case, Chris Brown will do six months of “community labor” but no time behind bars for assaulting the pop star Rihanna under the terms of a plea agreement, the Los Angeles Times reports. The R&B singer reached a deal with prosecutors shortly before a scheduled hearing in which his former girlfriend was prepared to testify about the violent altercation that left her bruised, bloodied, and screaming for help last February on a street.
Brown, 20, will serve five years’ probation and take a year-long domestic violence prevention class. A judge ordered him to stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna, 21, for the next five years. Prosecutor’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said the agreement was similar to those reached in other cases. She noted that Brown would be required to perform about 1,400 hours of trash pickup, graffiti removal or similar tasks. “The sentence is not an easy task,” she said.