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R&B singer Chris Brown appears for a progress report hearing in Los Angeles, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his pop star girlfriend Rihanna in Hancock Park after a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. He was sentenced to five years probation, ordered to complete 180 days of community labor and a year of domestic violence counseling. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)

LOS ANGELES — Chris Brown has completed a domestic violence counseling program required as part of the singer’s guilty plea to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna nearly two years ago.

On Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg congratulated the 21-year-old R&B performer for finishing the yearlong program.

As a result of completing the required counseling, Brown will no longer have to appear in court every three months for progress report hearings.

Brown is serving five years of probation after pleading guilty last year to assaulting pop star Rihanna in a rented sports car after a pre-Grammy Awards party.

City News Service reports the judge said she would consider lifting the protective order against Brown at a later date. The order requires Brown to stay at least 100 yards (meters) away from Rihanna.

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