Chris Brown Heads to Rehab After Arrest: A Timeline of His Troubles with the Law

The singer is seeking treatment for anger management after allegedly breaking a man's nose. Will it help prevent more violence?

Chris Brown was arrested in Washington, D.C., over the weekend for -- what else? -- an alleged assault. This time, he's accused of punching and breaking the nose of a man named Isaac Adams Parker, after Parker and friends tried to photobomb Brown outside the W Hotel. Brown claims it was his bodyguard who threw the punches.

Now the 24-year-old singer is in a Malibu rehab facility for anger management issues. "His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point," said his spokesperson. In the circus-like atmosphere of Twitter-happy celebrities and their friends, even trips to rehab rate an Instagram photo… so Brown's on-again, off-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran posted this one:


The rehab stint may earn him some leniency with the court -- which he'll need. According to TMZ, it's likely that Brown has violated his probation for his 2009 felony assault conviction -- that's the one handed to him for abusing Rihanna -- and could be sentenced to up to four years in jail. Not knowing this Isaac Adams Parker person, one wonders what he might have been thinking as he approached Brown with a camera. Was he unaware of Brown's violent track record? Here's a timeline:

February 2009: Brown physically abused his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards. The following month, the L.A. District Attorney's office charged him with two felonies: assault and making criminal threats. In June, he was sentenced to five years probation and 180 hours of community service. 

March 2011: Brown stormed out of his interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, angry over her questions about the assault conviction. In a fit of rage, he threw furniture in his dressing room, breaking a window.

June 2012: Brown's entourage and the rapper Drake's entourage got into a bottle-hurling brawl at WIP nightclub in New York City.

February 2013: Brown failed to provide evidence that he'd fulfilled the terms his court-ordered community service in Virginia, so the L.A. District Attorney modified his probation, allowing him to complete the service in L.A. That same month, Brown and Frank Ocean reportedly brawled in a parking lot outside of a recording studio, though no charges were filed.

June 2013: A woman accused Brown of pushing her off the stage at a San Diego nightclub, and Brown denied it. Representatives from the club stood by Brown, confirming that the accusation was false.

August 2013: Brown was involved in a hit-and-run accident with a woman. Though she claimed the damage was minor and didn't press charges, the L.A. City attorney argued that Brown did not show a California driver's license and that Brown was very aggressive toward the victim after the accident -- calling her a "bitch." 

October 2013: Brown and his bodyguard were charged with felony assault after they were accused of punching a man outside the W Hotel in D.C. The charges were reduced to a misdemeanor, and Brown checked himself into rehab two days later.

Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

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