Chris Brown says he's finally been scared straight -- because he learned pretty quickly ... jail sucks.
You'd think the photos of Rihanna's battered face would have left an impression ... on him. But apparently it took a few days in solitary to shake Chris to the core.
One source -- who recently spoke with Brown on the phone -- tells us, Chris says he feels like "a caged animal," calling it "the worst experience of my life."
We're told Chris has been spending his time behind bars working out and writing music. He's telling people on the phone, "I'll never f*** up again."
Not particularly convincing.
Lucky for Chris ... he's rich enough to buy his way out of jail -- as we reported, he's negotiating to pay off his alleged assault victim in D.C. so the case goes away and the judge in the Rihanna case lets him loose ... to roam freely again.
I Can Get Out of Jail
For the Right Price
3/20/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It sure seemed Chris Brown was checkmated -- sitting in jail as the clock ticks for his D.C. assault trial that could trigger a probation violation in the Rihanna case that could land him in prison for 4 years .... but TMZ has learned his lawyer has found a way out of the hole ... by paying LOTS OF MONEY.
Sources connected with the D.C. assault case tell TMZ ... Chris' lawyer, Mark Geragos, has contacted the lawyer for the man who claims Chris assaulted him in D.C., breaking his nose, and offered him a BIG FAT CHECK.
We're told Geragos is gunning for a civil settlement ... which could very well mean the broken nose guy would tell prosecutors he no longer has an interest in pursuing the criminal case. And our sources say prosecutors are aware of the civil settlement negotiations.
We're told Geragos may have already sealed the deal but if not ... it should be done in a day or 2.
So here's the likely resolution. The alleged victim gets a ton of money (our educated guess is several hundred thousand dollars), D.C. prosecutors drop the criminal assault case and the Rihanna judge then lets Chris out of jail either late this week or early next.
Jailed for a Month
He Can't Stay Out of Trouble
3/17/2014 2:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown will stay in jail until April 23 ... he was SHUT DOWN in court Monday afternoon in his bid to win release.
Chris was arrested after getting booted from rehab Friday. The judge had ordered him to stay in rehab while he decided whether Brown violated his probation in the Rihanna case. The judge had Chris arrested almost immediately after the rehab facility kicked him out.
The judge said Chris had an "inability to stay out of trouble." Hizzoner was especially concerned at a statement Chris made at the rehab joint, "I am good at using guns and knives."
So Chris will sit in jail until April 23. The judge wants Chris in the slammer until a D.C. jury decides if Chris committed criminal assault in an unrelated case. That trial is set for April 17 and should only last a few days. It's unclear if the judge will let Chris back to attend the trial.
The L.A. judge will hold a probation violation hearing on April 23, and if Chris is convicted in D.C. he's in big trouble. Worst case scenario ... he could be sentenced to 4 years in prison for violating probation in the Rihanna case. One of the conditions -- obey all laws.
TMZ broke the story, Chris was booted from rehab Friday for violating three internal rules at the facility -- most significantly ... violating a rule specifically for Chris -- stay at least 2 feet away from every woman in the facility. He was seen touching a woman's elbow and hands.
He also violated the rule requiring him to submit to a random drug test. He belatedly had a change of heart and came up clean, but the initial refusal was a violation.
And Chris talked smack about rehab during a group therapy session.
Chris was arrested immediately after he got kicked out ... staying in rehab was a requirement of the judge pending his trial in D.C. next month for assault.
Drake & Rihanna
We Found Love In a Hopeless Place
3/16/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna's locking it down -- she and Drake are officially exclusive.
Multiple sources extremely close to the couple tell us, Rihanna and Drake have gone from casually hooking up to seriously dating ... they've decided to give it a serious shot.
We're told Rihanna wants to spend as much time with Drake as her schedule will allow -- because he treats her better than anyone she's ever been with. Not a high bar.
As we reported, the pair have been virtually inseparable while Drake's been touring in Europe -- we're told Rihanna has spent every single night with him since she arrived.
As for Drake, he's smitten -- one source said "he's in the best mood he's been in a long time."
After Being Thrown Out of Rehab ... Again
3/14/2014 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is on his way to jail right now, because he violated a judge's order by getting booted from the rehab facility where he's been living for nearly 4 months ... TMZ has learned.
The judge in the Rihanna beating case ordered Chris to live in the Malibu rehab facility for 90 days to get anger management therapy, and he completed the stint earlier this month. BUT ... at the last court hearing, the judge modified things and ordered Chris to stay in the facility while the Washington D.C. assault case ran its course.
The deal was this ... if Chris left rehab, he would go directly to jail.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Brown was thrown out of the rehab facility this morning, for violating "internal rules." We do not know precisely what Chris did, but we're told it did not involve violence or drugs.
Sources tell TMZ ... Chris was caught having "an inappropriate relationship" with a female worker at the beginning of the month, but that is NOT why he was thrown out today.
As you recall, Chris was previously thrown out of a different facility for throwing a rock at his mom's car window.
Chris was picked up by L.A. County Sheriff's deputies this afternoon and is now in jail ...being held with no bail.
I'm Not Mad at Rihanna
For Banging Drake Again
3/4/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is all good with Drake doing the midnight jockey ride with Rihanna -- even though she caused MAJOR BEEF between them for years.
Sources close to Chris tell TMZ ... the singer is copacetic over the duo rekindling their romance. Chris has his mind on his money ... focusing on making a comeback.
You'll recall ... all the quien es mas macho over Rihanna triggered an all-out war at WIP nightclub in NYC back in 2012 ... when the Brown/Drake posses got into a bottle throwing fight.
TMZ broke the story ... doctors at the rehab facility where he just finished a 90-day stint have diagnosed the singer with bipolar disorder.
Maybe the meds are working.
Anger Management Grad
Pursues Music Career
2/23/2014 7:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown finally threw something that didn't get him in trouble ... his cap, because he's graduated from an exclusive anger management rehab school in Malibu ... and he's back to making music.
Brown was at Universal City Walk shooting a music video over the weekend.
Chris has completed his 90 days of live-in rehab, after the judge in the Rihanna beating case ordered him to attend ... or else.
You'll recall ... Chris entered a rehab facility on his own, shortly after getting arrested for assaulting a dude in D.C., but he was booted out after going into a rage and throwing a rock through his mom's car window.
Climb every mountain, Chris.
Judge REVOKES Probation
12/16/2013 2:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is in trouble ... again. The judge in the Rihanna beating case has just REVOKED his probation because of the fresh assault charges filed in Washington D.C.
Brown was in court for a progress hearing. The judge felt the criminal complaint in D.C. is enough proof that Chris did NOT obey all laws ... which he's required to do while on probation
The judge did not remand Chris into custody, because hizzoner was impressed by Chris' progress in his anger management rehab. The judge will hold a hearing on the matter in February, and it's possible he could sentence Chris to time in the pokey.
The judge also ordered Chris NOT to use medical marijuana for the time being.
TMZ broke the story ... Brown was popped in Oct. for felony assault -- later reduced to a misdemeanor -- and the L.A. County Probation Dept. launched an investigation.
We just got hold of the progress report (above) -- filed with the court -- from Chris' anger management program. According to the document, Brown participates in a weekly boot camp and successfully completed a 12-hour ropes course "to enhance team-building skills and trust."
The clinical team says Chris has been making progress and has new psychotropic drugs that seem to be working. He's been taken off medical marijuana. The team says his ability to "emotionally regulate himself" has markedly improved.
Booted From Rehab
For Throwing Rock At Mom's Car
11/20/2013 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown was booted from his rehab program earlier this month for throwing a rock through his mom's car window ... TMZ has learned.
We just got hold of the probation report in the Rihanna case, which outlines what happened during his 13 days in a Malibu rehab joint for anger management counseling.
According to the report, Chris' mom showed up for a family session and was urging her son to stay in the facility for extended treatment. Apparently, Chris violently disagreed with her and in a fit of anger threw a rock through her car window, shattering it.
The report goes on to say without continued therapy and a strong recovery support network, Probation says his prognosis is "very guarded."
And here's an interesting detail from the report: before Chris entered rehab on October 29th, he says he had issues with Attention Deficit Disorder and also underwent a period of depression.
TMZ broke the story ... Chris got booted from the Malibu facility earlier this month following the outburst ... after just two weeks of treatment.
As we reported, the judge has just ordered Brown to 90 days in a facility and also ordered him to submit to drug testing.
Ordered To Anger Management Rehab for 90 Days
11/20/2013 2:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown just got confined for 90 days ... but not in jail ... in rehab.
Brown and his lawyer, Mark Geragos, were just in court for a progress report in the Rihanna beating case. TMZ broke the story ... the Probation Dept. notified the judge that Brown flew into yet another violent rage while he was in a Malibu rehab joint for anger management, and was thrown out of the facility after only 2 weeks. The Probation Dept. recommended live-in anger management rehab.
The judge agreed with Probation, and ordered Brown to check into a facility for 90 days, and the facility must be in L.A. County and approved by Probation.
The judge is letting Chris juggle his criminal cases and will let him fly to D.C. for court hearings on his criminal assault case.
Brown must also submit to drug testing at the rehab facility. He must also take any prescriptions recommended by the rehab place.
The judge also wants a report on the D.C. incident ... something that could result in Chris getting his probation yanked in the Rihanna case ... which could then result in prison time.
Singer Got VIOLENT in Rehab ...
D.A. Wants Jail
11/20/2013 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown went into a VIOLENT RAGE while in rehab earlier this month for his anger issues ... TMZ has learned ... throwing objects and breaking them ... and we've learned the D.A. will use this and other incidents later today in court to make the case that he belongs in jail ... NOW.
We're told the rehab facility wanted him OUT after the incident ... and that's why he bailed after only 2 weeks.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... the L.A. County Probation Dept. is submitting information to the judge today about the incident, along with the criminal assault charge in Washington, D.C. We're told the Probation Dept will ask the judge to order Chris into a live-in anger management program for a period of months.
Our sources say the D.A. isn't as forgiving and will ask the judge during today's progress hearing in the Rihanna beating case to revoke his probation and send him to jail -- as early as today.
The hearing is set for 2 PM. We'll be there.
OUT OF REHAB
On Community Service Beat
11/14/2013 12:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is out of rehab ... because he has something more pressing ... community service.
TMZ first reported ... Brown checked into a Malibu rehab facility for anger management 16 days ago ... after a street brawl in Washington D.C. in which he allegedly punched a guy in the face.
At the time ... we were told Brown could be in rehab for up to 3 months -- sources told us "The rehab facility has been told to take him [Brown] apart and put him back together."
Now ... a little more than two weeks after entering the program ... Brown has checked out.
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, tells TMZ his client needed to get out of the facility to start the community service he's required to perform in the Rihanna case. As you may recall, the judge would not accept the hours Chris claimed he had done, and made him do it all over again.
Geragos would not say if rehab did the trick, but did tell us Chris will continue in outpatient therapy.
I Know I Have an Anger Problem
11/2/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown met with his probation officer Friday, and he squarely acknowledged he has a BIG problem with his temper ... TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Brown and his lawyer, Mark Geragos, went to the L.A. County Dept. of Probation Friday afternoon and had an hour-long chit-chat with his new probation officer. It's unclear to us why a new officer was assigned.
We're told Brown did not talk about allegedly throwing a punch at a guy in D.C. last Sunday. He did talk a lot about his current stint at a Malibu rehab joint, and the treatment he's receiving. We're told that treatment includes a heavy dose of psychological counseling.
As TMZ first reported ... Brown could be in the rehab facility for as long as 90 days.
As for whether the Probation Dept. is impressed ... we're told not so much. As one well-placed source put it, "They're gunning for Chris."
We've learned the Probation Dept. will submit a report to the judge in the Rihanna case next week. The judge could revoke Brown's probation and if that happens he could get as much as 4 years in State prison.