Bobby Brown A Wanted Man Again
Citing a failure to complete any of the
conditions of his probation from a drunk-driving conviction, a judge in
Georgia's DeKalb County has issued a misdemeanor arrest warrant for troubled
singer Bobby Brown.
Brown, who potentially faces jail time for the alleged violations, has not
been heard from or seen by deputies since the warrant was issued nearly a
month ago, according to a DeKalb County sheriff's office spokesperson.
The R&B singer has failed to complete the conditions of his probation from
the April 1996 arrest, which included participation in a risk-reduction
program, completion of 240 hours of community service, six months of
twice-weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and an order to submit to random
alcohol and drug screenings, the spokesperson said. Deputies have been
unable to locate Brown since the warrant was issued on July 17, despite
looking for him at his Atlanta-area home and several other locations in the
Though it is up to the judge to decide, it is possible that such violations
could result in jail time.
A spokesperson for Brown could not be reached by press time.
This is the second time this year that a warrant has been issued for Brown's
arrest. A bench warrant was issued in January after the singer attended the
American Music Awards in Los Angeles instead of a court appointment in
DeKalb County, where he was awaiting trial for the 1996 arrest. During that
incident, police stopped Brown for driving his red Mercedes erratically and
he was charged with driving under the influence, speeding, failing to
maintain a lane and having no proof of insurance.
In January, Brown's lawyer, Xavier Dicks, said his client's failure to
appear stemmed from a scheduling conflict, since Brown had requested that
the judge reconsider allowing him to travel to California for the awards
show. "It'd be like asking a football player not to play the Super Bowl,"
Dicks said. Brown was later sentenced to eight days in jail after turning
himself in to authorities (see "Bobby Brown Gets Eight-Day Sentence For
Brown was arrested in Atlanta on November 7 of last year on charges of
marijuana possession, speeding and having no driver's license or proof of
insurance (see "Bobby Brown Arrested For Drug Possession, Speeding"). It was
at that point that authorities realized the older case had fallen through
the cracks when Brown failed to show for his original court date in 1997.
The singer has not been entirely out of the public eye. He and wife Whitney
Houston made a well-publicized visit to Israel in May for a spiritual
retreat with the Black Hebrews sect, during which she was considering
recording songs for a Christmas album (see "Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown
Meet With Israeli Prime Minister").
14 AUGUST 2003