Chris Brown's June court date was our first clue that he and Rihanna weren't ready to cut their love-hate ties. Rihanna muttered to the judge that she intended to seek a lesser punishment than the two having to maintain hundreds of feet between them at all times.
But according to Us Magazine, TMZ and yesterday's judge's orders, they'll have to stay separated for a whole five years. In addition to a $5,000 fine, five years' legal probation, one year of domestic violence counseling and 180 days of hard community service (graffiti removing, public grounds maintaining and car washing) in his home state of Virginia, Chris has been ordered to keep 100 feet between him and Rihanna except at industry events where 10 feet will suffice. They are not allowed to contact each other in any way, including via text and through a third party. Chris will also be subject to regular searches and seizures when authorities deem necessary, meaning he cannot possess guns or weapons of any kind.
Why the harsh ruling? After the sentencing, Us says they learned that Chris and Rihanna had suffered two other domestic violence encounters before the February attack that was shown all over the media. The first was a verbal fight in which Rihanna slapped Chris, followed by him shoving her up against a wall. Another time they were visiting her home in Barbados and Chris punched the driver and front passenger window out of the vehicle they were driving.
The Vancouver Sun now reports Canadian singer Keshia Chante as denying that she is linked to Chris and Rihanna's breakup. Evidently once it was reported that a text from Keshia made Rihanna throw a tantrum, which started the infamous blowout. The Sun's reports make the allegations seem like a phony publicity stunt on Keshia's part...and why on earth would anyone touch this one with a ten-foot pole?
Chris Brown will make three appearances in front of a judge during his probation period, the first of which will fall on November 19.
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