Chris Brown Begins Community Labor

Celebrity News Sep. 16, 2009 AT 1:41PM
Chris Brown does community service in Virginia on September 16, 2009. Chris Brown does community service in Virginia on September 16, 2009.

Chris Brown has started his 180-day community labor sentence. 

Wearing a bright orange vest, the 20-year-old singer -- who was also sentenced to five years of probation and a year of domestic violence classes for assaulting Rihanna -- was spotted picking up garbage and cleaning police horse stables on Wednesday in his Richmond, Va., hometown.

Look back at Chris and Rihanna's happier days.

Brown wasn't embarrassed about it.

Earlier in the day, he Twittered, "On my way to community service."

The chief of police in Richmond – who will supervise Brown – has said Brown's other labor will include graffiti removal and washing cars. His labor hours will be flexible to accommodate his entertainment career.

In an interview with CNN's Larry King in September,  Brown said it is difficult for him to look at the photo showing Rihanna's bruised face.

See photos of Brown -- and other stars -- at court.

"When I look at it now, it's just like, wow, like, I can't believe that that actually happened," he said.

Because of a judge's restraining order, he has to keep his distance from Rihanna for the next five years.

Said Brown, "We have to be like 10 yards away from each other."

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