Chris Brown: Innocent Even When Proven Guilty?

Chris Brown has been the subject of extensive media interest since accusations of making criminal threats and felony assault against him arose. The young r&b star, who has previously enjoyed success largely due to his squeaky-clean image and teenage fan base, yesterday pleaded guilty to beating his then girlfriend Rihanna after a pre-Grammy party in February.

A judge ruled that Brown must spend 180 days performing community service in Virginia and will spend the next five years in probation.  In addition, Brown was also ordered to stay a minimum of fifty yards away from Rihanna during this time, although the order was reduced to ten yards at any industry events.  According to AP reports, Rihanna did not testify in the hearing.

Although it was commendable for Brown to admit his guilt, perhaps his punishment was a little too lenient.  Surely by allowing Brown such a good plea bargain, it may send the message that domestic abuse is actually acceptable in modern society, which on the contrary it most certainly is not.  The long and difficult battle against domestic abuse will continue until true justice prevails in the cases of people like Chris Brown.

© Hannah O’Connor (3threat Media)

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