The 20-year-old singer pleaded guilty to felony assault and was put on five years' probation and ordered to enroll in an anti-domestic violence program. He must perform 180 days of community service and must have all his travel vetted by a probation officer.
He is due to be formally sentenced Aug. 5, at which time a charge of making criminal threats is expected to be dismissed.
The announcement came as Rihanna waited in a private area of the criminal courts building. The 21-year-old "Disturbia" singer was ready to lay out her version of what went down following a Grammy Awards pre-party, if she were called to the stand.
But her testimony ultimately wasn't required. Instead of a preliminary hearing to determine whether Brown would go to trial on felony counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and making criminal threats, Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, dropped the bombshell that the case had been plea-bargained.
"He did not enter a no contest plea," Geragos emphasized at a press conference after court this afternoon. "As long as I've known him in connection with this case, he's wanted to take responsibility. I advised him to wait and let me work through the legal process, which he did."