Chris Brown sentencing delayed

LONDON: Chris Brown has had his sentencing hearing postponed.

The 'Run It' singer - who was due to be formally sentenced at a Los Angeles court on Wednesday for his felony assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna in February - will now have to appear in court on August 27 after the judge ruled she was not satisfied with the terms of his community labour order.

Judge Patricia Schnegg told Brown he didn't want him carrying out easy community service and was keen for him to undertake 1,400 hours of "community labour", which may include roadside clean-up.

She added: "I do not favour community service."

When asked if he agreed to the postponement, Brown - who pleaded guilty to assault in June and was sentenced to five years' probation, 180 days of community service and must attend an anti-domestic violence programme - replied: "Yeah."

Rihanna's lawyer, Donald Etra, appeared at the hearing to ask the court to remove an order of protection barring Brown from coming within 50 yards of the 'Umbrella' singer. However, he was unable to make his request.

Etra added: "We were obviously hoping that all proceedings would be concluded today. We're just going to have to wait until August 27."

Brown has since apologised for his "inexcusable" attack on his ex-girlfriend.

In a video posted online the 20-year-old singer said sorry for his actions and insisted he accepted "full responsibility" over the incident which left Rihanna with several facial injuries and temporarily unconscious.

Since the attack, Brown and Rihanna have been spotted together on several occasions and are rumoured to be attempting to rekindle their romance.

Recently, they both reportedly stayed at New York's Trump International Hotel and Tower under a "cloak of secrecy".