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U.S. singer Rihanna attends boyfriend Brown's community service hearing

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By Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES, Feb 6 (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday ordered a new report on singer Chris Brown's community service after prosecutors said he cut corners while fulfilling work requirements imposed after his 2009 assault on girlfriend Rihanna.

Rihanna accompanied Brown, 23, to court in a show of support for the man who pleaded guilty to punching and beating her four years ago. The couple have recently rekindled their romance.

Brown is serving five years probation and last year was deemed by the Los Angeles court to have completed 180 days of community service and domestic violence counseling.

During Wednesday's brief hearing, Brown sat expressionless with his hands folded in a dark sport coat. Rihanna sat behind him dressed in a white top and black pants.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin ordered Brown to meet with his probation officer to address claims by prosecutors that his community service records contain "significant discrepancies, indicating, at best, sloppy documentation and, at worst, fraudulent reporting."

The "Don't Wake Me Up" singer was ordered back to court on April 5 at which time Brandlin will set a date for another hearing on whether or not to revoke his probation.

Brown's community service involved tasks like cutting grass, picking up trash and removing graffiti. He was allowed to complete it in his home state of Virginia.

But Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray this week accused Virginia authorities of poor management of the singer's service and records, and said his community service case should be transferred to Los Angeles.

"Frankly, I'm a little disturbed how the (district attorney) handled this," Mark Geragos, Brown's attorney, told the judge on Wednesday.

Geragos had previously termed the allegations "scurrilous, libelous and defamatory." (Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Jill Serjeant and Stacey Joyce)

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