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VAN NUYS, Calif. (KTLA) — Singer Chris Brown was expected to be arraigned on Tuesday for two misdemeanor charges related to an alleged hit-and-run.

Brown, 24, was not required to attend the arraignment, which was delayed from last Monday, July 15.

Brown is accused of rear-ending a woman’s Mercedes-Benz with his Range Rover on Barham Boulevard back in May.

Both cars pulled over to the side of the road, and the Mercedes driver asked Brown for his license and registration, according to a district attorney’s investigators report.


Chris Brown sits next to his attorney in court. (July 15, 2013)

Brown failed to produce those items, as required by California law, according to the report.

Instead, his passenger handed over her driver’s license.

The singer also produced an expired insurance card for a Lamborghini, according to the report.

Prosecutors attached a letter the woman sent to police saying that Brown went “ballistic” when she took photos.

He allegedly tried to grab the camera and called the woman profane names, according to the letter.

Brown was charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license.

At a second hearing on July 15 for a probation update, a judge granted a request by prosecutors to revoke Brown’s probation from an assault conviction.

The singer was allowed to remain free, pending a hearing next month.

Brown was sentenced to five years of probation, domestic violence counseling and 180 days of community service after the 2009 incident involving ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

The judge set a court date of Aug. 16 to resolve the issue or set a hearing on the violation and to determine what punishment, if any, is warranted.

Brown could face up to four years in jail on the probation violation.

Earlier this year, Brown was accused by prosecutors of having significant discrepancies in his 1,400 hours of community service in his native Virginia.

Brown’s community service report included “significant discrepancies indicating at best sloppy documentation and at worst fraudulent reporting,” Deputy District Attorney Mary A. Murray said in a motion.

While he was supposed to be doing community service in his home state of Virginia, the singer was supposedly on vacation in Mexico.

In another instance, he appeared at a charity event in another state, according to court documents.

A judge had yet to decide if those hours are valid, or if Brown will have to perform additional community service in L.A. County, as requested by prosecutors.

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