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Singer Chris Brown leaves the Los Angeles Superior Court after sentencing in his felony assault case against fellow singer and former girlfriend Rihanna, on August 25, 2009. Brown was sentenced to five years probation and 1400 hours of community orientated labour. The incident shocked the music world and left Rihanna nursing cuts and bruises to her face, forcing her to cancel a scheduled performance at the Grammys in Los Angeles later that day. Singer Chris Brown released a YouTube video on July 21, 2009, apologizing for his “inexcusable” behavior towards his girlfriend, Rihanna.