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Chris Brown Kicked Out of Rehab, Ordered to Jail
After years of bad behavior and final chances, Chris Brown has finally landed himself a long-term stint in jail.
The 24-year-old singer was kicked out of a court-ordered rehab program for allegedly touching a female patient, refusing a drug test and telling counselors at the Malibu facility that “I am good at using guns and knives.”
After being thrown out, he was immediately arrested on a probation violation warrant that stemmed from his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna. L.A. County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin refused to let Brown move to another rehab, declaring he had an “inability to stay out of trouble,” and ordered he remain locked up until his trial on April 23 for misdemeanor assault.
The misdemeanor assault charge stems from an incident last October in Washington, D.C., where he allegedly punched a man on the sidewalk. Brown voluntarily entered rehab the next day, but was thrown out days later for “throwing a rock through his mother’s car window” after a family session at the center. The judge revoked his probation last November, but allowed him to avoid jail by entering a 90-day anger management and drug rehab program. Brown completed the program successfully, but was ordered to remain at the facility until his trial next month.
However, court reports chalked up much of his bad behavior and drug use to a mix of bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. A letter from his residential treatment facility said “Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD.” The letter also stated that for people with these disorders, “it is not uncommon…to use substances to self-medicate their biochemical mood swings and trauma triggers.”
Prior to his arrests, Brown regularly posted Twitter photos of himself smoking joints. He also held a medical marijuana card in California and tried explaining to a judge that pot helped him with his anger issues. An insider claimed Brown wanted to use medical marijuana instead of anti-depressants because the prescribed drugs “make Chris feel very numb and he felt that everything around him was fuzzy.”
However, his recent outbursts came as a surprise to many because he was reportedly thriving in treatment. Brown’s probation officer reported last month that the singer “continues to make great improvement” in addressing his anger and drug issues, worked 24 hours per week to gradually knock off the 750 hours of community service in his probation requirements and was generally “exemplary” in his behavior.