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In the News: Chris Brown Released from Rehab, Faces Lawsuit

Chris Brown has been released from residential rehab. A spokesperson for the troubled artist said Thursday that Brown “is continuing his rehab program as an outpatient” and working on community service in the Los Angeles area. Brown publicized on Oct. 30 that he would seek treatment “to gain focus and insight” into his actions. The choice came a day after he was released from jail for allegedly punching a man in Washington, D.C.

Chris Brown is being sued by Parker Adams; who says the rapper criticized him with the words, “I ain’t down with that gay s***” and then beat him and broke his nose. Adams now has a $3 million lawsuit and says he was outside of the W hotel in Washington, D.C. last October when Brown went crazy on him.

This is the same occurrence for which Brown is presently being prosecuted for misdemeanor assault. Brown has denied any transgressions and we’re told he states that Adams was the aggressor, trying to force his way on his tour bus. It was also stated that Adams was trying to force his way into a picture Chris Brown was taking with two of his friends. Adams is suing both Chris Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy. Adams requests $1 million from each of them for his wounds, and another $500K from each for disciplinary compensations, to teach them a lesson.

At the time Brown was detained, the Grammy winner was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on vocalist Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. Brown and Hollosy are both being charged criminally in Washington with misdemeanor assault, and the outcome of the case could have an impact on Brown’s case in California.

Brown went to rehab last year to deal with his anger issues but was allegedly kicked out due to throwing a rock through his mother’s car window. Just last month he was ordered by a judge to spend another 90 days in a treatment facility. In spite of all the court and rehab stretches, Brown released three singles last year. The singer is looking to release his sixth album, titled X, at some point this year.

It seems to me that maybe Chris Brown should take some time away from all the fame and music and really focus on his anger issues and whatever other problems he has going on. To be fully rehabilitated, he’d have to actually spend some time away from the outside world and that doesn’t seem to be what he’s been doing. There are anger management meetings along with emotions anonymous meetings that would probably be effective in helping with the anger.

For me, to focus on my recovery I had to stay in rehab and go to 12-step anonymous meetings. I think the 12-step programs can work for anyone and it would probably be effective at helping Chris Brown look at himself and deal with his issues. Hopefully he has had enough consequences from his anger that he is willing to make some life changes. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


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