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Chris Brown in hot water at home and in Halifax

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LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors moved Monday to revoke the probation of singer Chris Brown after he was charged last month with misdemeanour hit-and-run and driving without a valid licence.

The singer has been on felony probation in the 2009 beating of former girlfriend Rihanna.

A hearing was set later in the day.

In February, the Sheriff's Department investigated a fight between Brown and singer Frank Ocean at a recording studio, but Ocean decided not to pursue a battery case. The same month, Brown crashed his Porsche while being chased by paparazzi.

Brown's most recent problem stems from a May 12 traffic accident in which he is suspected of rear-ending a car stopped at a red light and refusing to give the other driver his licence or insurance information.

A woman in the car with Brown provided her licence, according to a police report that says Brown did not provide his until his lawyer had an investigator deliver an expired insurance card to the other driver several days later.

Meanwhile, an upcoming performance in Halifax by the performer has stoked an outpouring of anger on social media, prompting corporate sponsors to pull their support and inspiring the city's mayor to speak out.

"I've never seen anything like it," said promoter Stephen Tobin, owner of the concert promotion company Drop Entertainment Group.

"I believe it's a very slippery slope when we start trying to censor or to dictate who can or cannot perform in this province."

Brown is scheduled to headline a summer music festival on Aug. 31. Halifax-based spa A Touch of Radiance announced Monday it was pulling its support for the concert, two days after telecommunications giant Rogers did the same.

Mayor Mike Savage said he was disappointed Brown was invited to perform.

"I don't think he's a good model for people," Savage told The Canadian Press. "I quite frankly wish he wasn't coming."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 16, 2013 D2

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