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[From BBC News]

Nine days in jail for Brown

Singer Bobby Brown is to serve nine more days in jail after being arrested for breaking parole conditions last week.

Brown, who violated his probation from an earlier drunk driving conviction, will then spend 60 days under house arrest, Judge Wayne Purdom from DeKalb County State Court ruled.

The 33-year-old singer, who said nothing during the hearing, was ordered to undergo another drug assessment and sentenced 14 days in jail, having served five so far.

His wife, the Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston said afterwards she told him to "stay strong, baby".

Brown was arrested on Friday while dining in a restaurant with Ms Houston in the Atlanta suburb of Alpahretta, Georgia, in the US.

He had failed to appear for court-ordered community service, drug treatment or a random drug test.

Driving ban


The singer's lawyers said he had not checked in with a probation officer because he was suffering from an injured elbow, and that he has been mourning the deaths of seven family members in recent months.

And they added he had complied with a court order and completed 80 hours of community service in California.

However the judge said Brown will get credit for only 40 hours because the order specified the service was to be done in Georgia.

Brown was sentenced to eight days in jail in January and banned from driving for a year after pleading guilty to a drink-driving charge from 1996.

He faced further charges of failing to show proof of insurance, speeding and failing to maintain a lane while driving.

'No contest'

He was ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and pay about $2,600 (1,600) in fines.

The singer, whose hit songs include My Prerogative and Every Little Step, has a history of run-ins with the law dating back to his youth in Boston.

He was held in a Florida jail for 26 days in 2000 for violating probation in connection with an incident at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

During the same year, he pleaded "no contest" to charges of kicking a hotel security guard in West Hollywood, California.

In November he was arrested in Atlanta and charged with possessing less than an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana, speeding and having no driver's licence or proof of insurance.
 

NEWSFILE: 28 AUGUST 2003

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