R&B singer Chris Brown has pleaded guilty in the US to one count of assault on his former girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.
Brown, 19, was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to do six months of community service.
Brown had faced charges of assaulting Rihanna, 21, during a row in February.
The last-minute plea deal came before a hearing at a Los Angeles court at which Rihanna was due to give evidence. She said the sentence was "fair".
You don't often hear anyone describe a sentence as 'fair' on this side of the pond. Public perception of justice has become so corroded that people feel it expected of them to be 'disgusted' with 'soft sentences' when the defendant 'walks free from court' with 'only' six months of community service.
I had never heard of either of these people before today, but good on you, Rihanna. Your sense does you credit.
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