Bobby's Prerogative: Surrender
by Lia Haberman
Dec 11, 2003, 11:00 AM PT
Bobby Brown turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday three days after
an alleged brawl with missus Whitney Houston turned nasty.
Brown, whose location was unclear until yesterday, was promptly charged with
battery upon his surrender but was not held.
The onetime King of New Jack Swing and
his R&B diva wife left the Fulton County Magistrate Court together after
their attorneys met with police and received a copy of the charge.
Local reports said the couple hoped to work the matter out "privately."
Private or not, Brown is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary
hearing January 7.
If convicted, Brown could face up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,000.
He's also being investigated for possible probation violation on a prior
drunken driving conviction. Brown was ordered to be on his best behavior
until February 17, 2005. A screw up (like hitting your wife in the face)
could result in jail time.
Cops responded to a domestic dispute call from the Houston-Brown household
in suburban Atlanta on Sunday night where they found Houston with a cut
upper lip and bruised cheek. She claimed the injuries were the result of a
fight with Brown.
However, the ex-New Edition member had already split by the time police
arrived and was reportedly on his way to California. A family spokesperson
later denied Brown had ever left the peach state.
While Brown's whereabouts during the ensuing three days were unclear, the
embattled entertainer did release a statement apologizing to Whitney and
asking for her forgiveness.
Those words were undoubtedly more welcome than the alleged threat he made to
his wife Sunday when he told Houston he would "beat her ass."
This is just the latest in a string of legal woes for Brown, who served 26
days in a Florida jail in 2000 from a drunken-driving incident in that state
and more recently was a guest of Georgia's DeKalb County correctional
facility in August, a slammer stint that stemmed from a probation violation
linked to a 1996 drunken driving conviction.
11 DECEMBER 2003