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The altercation left him with an assault conviction and he was handed five years probation, six months of community service and ordered to take a series of domestic violence counselling classes. He was also told to stay away from Rihanna.

He has now completed the 52-week domestic violence program and no longer has to undergo progress reports every three months.

On Friday (28Jan11), Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg congratulated Brown on his progress, and took into consideration his lawyer's request to have the rules of a protective order to stay away from Rihanna relaxed. A decision was not made as a legal representative for the Umbrella beauty could not be reached in time, according to TMZ.com.

But Brown's publicist has moved swiftly to deny claims the singer wanted the ban relaxed so he can go to the Grammys in February (11) without running the risk of breaking the restraining order.

The spokesperson tells TMZ.com, "This court date and the lifting of the restraining order is part of the planned ongoing legal proceedings. The date was scheduled months ago. Chris Brown is very thankful for his Grammy nominations, but due to scheduling conflicts, he will not be attending the Grammys."

Brown is up for three awards at the annual prizegiving.