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Judge to Brown -- I've Heard the 'Chatter'

8/25/2009 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Brown was just sentenced to 5 years probation and 6 months hard labor, and the judge threatened Brown by talking about the "chatter" she hears.

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Judge Patricia Schnegg said during the sentencing, "I am not immune to the chatter on the airwaves." It's unclear if she was saying that she's heard reports that Brown and Rihanna are still talking ... or if she was just saying he needs to be careful because she watches TV and reads TMZ. To us, it sounded like the former.

Down to business, the judge sentenced Brown to perform hard labor at the Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Richmond, VA, where he must also take a 52-week domestic violence course.

The judge ruled Brown -- who pleaded guilty to felony assault -- must stay 100 yards away from Rihanna, unless they are both at an entertainment-related event, in which case he must stay 10 yards away. The protective order lasts 5 years.

He must provide DNA samples as requested by authorities.

Brown must also keep in touch with the Probation Department and is subject to search and seizure 24/7 for the next 5 years. He can't own any dangerous weapons, including guns or knives.

Chris Brown: Click to watchBrown must pay $2,500 in restitution and another $2,500 in probation expenses. He must also pay a $30 criminal conviction fee -- BARGAIN! He must also pay $400 that goes into a domestic violence fund.

Brown must get prior approval before leaving the country.

As Brown left court, female fans could be heard screaming "I love you."

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Kim Kardashian Teeth Whitening    

first

1884 days ago
2.

Mike S    

What do you think about the video that surfaced today of (allegedly) Michael Jackson, alive, coming out of the coroner's van that transported his body? The two vans are exactly the same, so it is nearly impossible to hoax this.

1884 days ago
3.

CALI girl!    

WHY DID HE NOT GET ANY JAIL TIME? MICHAEL VICK DID.. WHY IS CHRIS NOT GETTING ANY JAIL TIME!! THIS SEEMS LIKE ALL YOU HAVE TO BE IS WEALTHY AND YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH MURDER . NOT FAIR

1884 days ago
4.

justagirl    

I have a MJ related question..not so much about the case,but about his body condtion..

I was watching some show on the Tv Guide channel and a woman said that MJ had a prostetic nose and it was missing at time of his death.

just wondered if that was true..and how could this man sing wth no nose, and how would u keep it on without looking like u have a fake nose..

Its been bothering me since I heard it...

So just wondering what u knew about this..

thanks

1884 days ago
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Linda Mott    

If Rihanna contacts Chris, would some kind of penalty be put against her?

1884 days ago
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cat    

TMZ...please be more respectful of how you refer to Michael Jackson. Why call him Jacko in your reports. Please the man is dead and name calling is disrespectful. Are we back in the high school? Please show repect for the dead or at least his children. Shame on you!

1884 days ago
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allyson    

why haveent the jacksons charge any docters yet?

1884 days ago
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music4life    

I would like to know why Dr. Murray wanted Prince to come up to the bedroom when he was working on Michael Jackson?

1884 days ago
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Stacey    

What is the legality of violating a probationee for "chatter" which to me means even a rumor can violate him? Does she need proof or can she violate him just because of something that anyone can say at any time?

1884 days ago
10.

Promoter    

Money can buy you out of anything. Luckily he's not an athlete he would be doing hard time like a week,.

1884 days ago
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Rahdawg    

We definitely need more criminal court judges like Judge Schnegg.

1884 days ago
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tyler    

do you think chris brown will be able to complete the said task's without violating his probation?

1884 days ago
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L4TRUTH    

Harvey, when are you going to stop acting like Rihanna was an "innocent victim?" You've already reported that she admitted to initiating the violence on the night in question. I'm not saying that she deserved what she got, but let's face it, she wasn't polishing her rosary beads in the car that night, when all-of-a-sudden, she's hit by Brown. Stop tossing rose petals at her feet. Shouldn't she own up to her part in the altercation?

1884 days ago
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Waiting...    

Could this possibly be the beginning of judges taking a harder stand on celebrities? Are judges now feeling the pressure of handing down appropriate sentences regardless of celebrity status? What are your thoughts, Harvey?

Many thanks,
Stacey, Vancouver

1884 days ago
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Paparazzo@frog.cc    

I hope he violates his probation and they lock him up.

1884 days ago
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