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Chris Brown Goes to Jail — for 45 Minutes

Chris Brown, jail

Chris Brown spent a little time in jail yesterday. Very little. According to MTV, which cites official records, the singer gave himself up at a Los Angeles jail on August 5 in connection with his hit-and-run case, and was out again in about 45 minutes.

Brown’s afternoon visit to the Van Nuys, California, facility took place a day earlier than planned. According to TMZ, the singer’s lawyer worked it out so that Brown could arrive without being photographed. Brown was booked and released without having to pay bail. His lawyer and jail officials weren’t immediately available for comment to MTV, and Brown hasn’t yet directly addressed the jail visit via Twitter (he did tweet that his August 20 album X will “probably” be his last). But short jail trips aren’t rare in Los Angeles County, where the likes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan have had their own whirlwind bookings and releases on assorted charges.

A judge revoked Brown’s probation last month due to claims that Brown failed to share his driver’s license and insurance details with another motorist after an accident. Brown denies the allegations. Brown’s probation was also in question after prosecutors alleged he failed to perform required community service. The probation and community service, of course, stem from Brown’s guilty plea four years ago in the beating of girlfriend Rihanna. According to MTV, Brown has an August 19 hearing involving his probation, and he could still face up to four years in jail if he’s found to have violated it.

Brown had a complicated month of July. Legendary producer Timbaland apologized to the singer for some comments appearing to criticize Brown’s posthumous Aaliyah collaboration, “Don’t Think They Know.” Frank Ocean threw shade Brown’s way in a lyrics-only remix of Atlanta rap group Migos’ insistently catchy “Versace” (check out our list of the 40 Most Fascinating “Versace” Remixes). Earlier in the month, a judge dismissed a $16 million lawsuit against Brown and Drake over their notorious 2012 nightclub brawl.