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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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16.

emeril I'm not    

the best way to punish chris brown is in the wallet. Buy no more cds, don't go to concerts do nothing that will put a dollar in his pocket.

1855 days ago
17.

Claud    

What are the chances that Rihanna can get the protective order to stay away from her to be completely removed? Is that possible at all?
Seems to me, she will try to do that like an idiot and fall in the cycle that battered women get into... they get hit again by the same person.(& keep it a secret to protect him.)

1855 days ago
18.

Jacqueline    

If he somehow was caught communicating with Rihanna, if she 100% initiated it would he still be in trouble?

1855 days ago
19.

joy    

Do police know who Dr. Murray was talking to during the 47 minutes after MJ stopped breathing and before 911 was called? My guess is the police want to know how much these people knew. I think these people could be hit with a conspiracy charge or obstruction of justice. Maybe Dr Murray won't be the only one charged in connection to MJ's death.

1855 days ago
20.

For Sure    

2 questions

Chris Brown What happens if Chris is in a restaurant and Rihanna(sp) comes in does he have to leave?

Michael Jackson: Is there any hints of other Dr. besides Murray that will be subject to charges?

1855 days ago
21.

Monique    

If Chris Brown was to do all of the community sevice as well as labor done and approved by the court, could he possibly get off his probation early?

If possible, then would it be okay for him to talk to Rihanna and pursue a relationship with her, or would the restraining order still be issued?

Thanks,
Monique Marie V

1855 days ago
22.

Dooni    

harvey will you marry me.. but besides that...
Why in the latest media frenzy concerning Michael.. why oh why were not demerol and Xanax mentioned.. since they so were mentioned in the beginning "game"

1855 days ago
23.

Pamela    

I thought that his sentence was a bit harsh, however my question is, is this a normal punishment for what he alleged to have done, and does she take no part in the blows she made towards Chris, and how will this affect his carreer?

1855 days ago
24.

daisy medina    

what if rihanna modify the protection order, will Chris be violating probation if they have contact with each other. and what if rihanna wants to continue her relationship with chris will that also be a violation?

1855 days ago
25.

Ken    

It is worse to kill a dog than hit a person. People can defend themselves physically or lawfully. If a dog defends itself it gets killed. Am I the only one that can see this?

1855 days ago
26.

Dooni    

harvey will you marry me.. but besides that...
Why in the latest media frenzy concerning Michael.. why oh why were not demerol and Xanax mentioned.. since they so were mentioned in the beginning "game"

1855 days ago
27.

Kim    

I have asked this a few times but then the Chat was canceled.

Does Dr. Murray have a history of mal-practice suits or other things of that nature? Or complants agianst him to the medicial board? Or is it that he got so star struck he threw ethics out the window and gave Michael what he asked for?

1855 days ago
28.

Tim    

Do you believe Dr. Murray was really trying to help MJ get off of propofol but relented under pressure from MJ.

1855 days ago
29.

MJ    

Will Michael be buried the 31st?

1855 days ago
30.

Marisha White    

Harvey two questions.
1. Is this a normal sentence for this offense or is he being made an example?
2. Is it safe to assume that even if Rihanna opposes the stay away order, the judge will not comply. Because in the earlier court date Rihanna's lawyer expressed that she felt it was not necessary, and the judge imposed one today anyways.

1855 days ago
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