by Natalie Finn and Josh Grossberg
Chris Brown received another thumbs-up from the judge who's been monitoring his probation for the last three years.
But he got the proverbial middle finger from the Original Rudeboys, an acoustic hip-hop trio from Ireland that turned down his invitation to open for him when he plays Dublin's O2 Arena on Dec. 3, citing the very reason he's on probation in the first place.
"In addition, with our latest single 'Blue Eyes' being about domestic violence it goes against everything we are about as a band and supporting Chris Brown would send out the wrong message to our fans," ukulele player Sean Walsh told Irish broadcaster RTE.
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"Even though it's a huge opportunity to play in the 02 with a major hip-hop star and a substantial fee was offered, we are completely against Chris Brown's assault onRihanna."
So call them conscientious objectors.
Back in Los Angeles, meanwhile, Brown arrived about 15 minutes early for his court date, accompanied by his mother, Joyce Hawkins. (Ex Karrueche Tran, who went to his last hearing in September, did not attend today.)
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He traded in his Halloween robe, turban, bullets and machete for slacks, a black shirt and gray suspenders and sat himself next to attorney Mark Geragos to get the good news—he's fully in compliance with his probation, according to Judge Patricia Schnegg.
There was no mention of his positive marijuana test in September. Brown told the probation department in his home state of Virginia, where he completed his court-ordered community service, that he had ingested the drug in California, where he has a medical marijuana card.
"You are not only in the public eye but you are on probation to me," Schnegg told theF.A.M.E. artist at the time. "You are on probation for five years and you still have a couple left. Your conduct is important."
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But today, the judge just told Brown to make sure to meet with his probation officer when he returns from an upcoming trip to Denmark and Trinidad in advance of his next progress-report hearing, scheduled for Jan. 17.
At one point, Brown attempted to address the court and Geragos turned to him and said, "You don't talk. I don't dance, you don't talk."
That arrangement does seem to have worked out for him so far.
Brown was sentenced in August 2009 to five years of probation, 180 days of community labor and a year of domestic-violence counseling after pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna after a pre-Grammys party that February