Bobby: Every Little Step Backwards
by Josh Grossberg
Feb 23, 2004, 10:15 AM PT
Bobby Brown's thug-lovin' ways have landed him in lockdown again.
The erstwhile King of New Jack Swing was back in a Georgia jail over the
weekend after allegedly violating his probation, a police spokesperson
Brown, 35, turned up in state court
last Friday, where a judge determined he hadn't been living up to the terms
of his sentence from a conviction on a 1996 drunk-driving charge.
"He did not submit to drug testing, did not pay supervision fees in a timely
manner for three months and he failed to provide proof that he completed
requirements under a substance-abuse program," said Mikki Jones, a
spokeswoman for the DeKalb Sheriff's Department.
Jones added that the R&B bad boy also failed to complete his house arrest
and committed a "subsequent offense" in another jurisdiction.
After the hearing, Brown was taken into custody by sheriff deputies and is
currently being held without bond.
Jones could not confirm whether the "subsequent offense" specifically
referred to the domestic battery charge Brown is facing for allegedly
hitting his superstar wife, Whitney Houston, in December in their suburban
The "I Get So Emotional" diva suffered a bruised cheek and a cut upper lip.
Despite her wish to work the matter out privately with Brown, who issued a
public apology to his missus, the infraction almost certainly will result in
more jail time for him.
A preliminary hearing has been set for May 5 in that case. Meanwhile, the
embattled entertainer is expected to remain in the slammer until a hearing
on the probation violation charge this Friday.
At that point, Judge Wayne S. Purdom will decide whether to follow through
on a January 2003 threat to throw the book at Brown should he misbehave.
Purdom issued the ultimatum after Brown skipped out on court dates and
instead opted to perform at the American Music Awards.
For that indiscretion, the ex-New Edition member was sentenced to eight days
behind bars, stripped of his driving privileges for a year, fined $2,600 and
ordered to perform over 240 hours of community service and undergo
counseling and random drug testing.
Brown, whose probation on the DUI charges is supposed to end on Feb. 17,
2005, is no stranger to life behind bars.
In 2000, the trouble-prone singer served 26 days in a Florida lockup
following a drunken driving incident in that state.
Last summer, Brown was arrested for yet another probation violation while
dining with Houston at a seafood restaurant. Purdom ordered Brown to
complete an additional 60 days of house arrest and another stint in
rehab--which he allegedly failed to complete and led to his current stint in
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