Chris Brown has apparently gotten "really, really" good at picking up the trash.

The R&B star turned domestic violence apologist appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court this afternoon for his second progress hearing since getting sentenced for brutally attacking Rihanna a little more than a year ago.

This time around, Judge Patricia Schnegg wanted to make sure Brown was putting the "hard" into his labor sentence. And she liked what she saw.

"You're doing really, really well," Schnegg told Brown today after reviewing a probation report. "I think you've made a lot of progress in the last month."

Until today, Schnegg was less than convinced that Brown's photo op–friendly execution of the requirements of his sentence had been up to snuff.

Last fall, Brown reported that he had served out 100 hours of his required 180 days (or roughly 1,400 hours) of community labor. In exchange for his guilty plea to felony assault, he was also sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to complete a one-year anti–domestic violence program, which he's ostensibly about halfway through.

At his last hearing, he also said he had completed seven counseling sessions.

He has been carrying out the terms of his sentence in his home state of Virginia.

Now, according to Virginia authorities, Brown has completed 32 days of hard labor and 17 out of 52 classes.

Pleased with his progress, Schnegg also permitted Brown to leave the country for a series of concerts in May and June and set the next hearing for May 11.


Check out other stars who've had a date with a judge recently in our Court Appearances gallery.

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