Bobby Brown May Have Violated
Officials Considering Whether Brown Violated Probation in Alleged Fight With
The Associated Press
ATLANTA Dec. 11 — Authorities were investigating Thursday whether singer
Bobby Brown, charged with battery after he allegedly hit his wife,
singer-actress Whitney Houston, violated his probation on a prior drunken
Brown is on probation until Feb. 17, 2005, for a drunken driving conviction
in DeKalb County, said Courtney Johnson, a lawyer with the DeKalb County
solicitor general's office.
The 34-year-old Brown was charged with
misdemeanor battery Wednesday, three days after he allegedly hit Houston.
He's scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing Jan. 7.
Simple battery is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Normally on a first offense in domestic violence cases, the charge is
dismissed if the defendant undergoes counseling.
Kevin Batye, chief probation officer for DeKalb County, told The Associated
Press that after seeking information from neighboring Fulton County, where
the alleged fight occurred, his office will make a recommendation to a judge
on Brown's probation. If a violation is found, it could send Brown to jail.
Fulton police responded Sunday to a call by Houston to the couple's home
near Alpharetta. She told police Brown had struck her on the left side of
her face. Police said Houston had a bruised cheek and a cut inside her upper
Houston, 40, and Brown have been married since 1992. They have a 10-year-old
daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
11 DECEMBER 2003