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R&B singer Chris Brown appeared in court with his attorney Mark Geragos, left, for a probation progress report hearing on Feb. 22 in Los Angeles.
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updated 2/23/2011 6:39:08 PM ET 2011-02-23T23:39:08

Chris Brown doesn't have to stay away from Rihanna anymore after a judge on Tuesday downgraded a restraining order in the singer's felony assault case.

Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg's ruling came after an attorney for Rihanna said she didn't object to removing the stay-away provisions of an order issued after Brown pleaded guilty to beating her in February 2009. The old order required Brown to stay 50 yards away from Rihanna, but the restriction was reduced to 10 yards if they were at a music-industry event.

The judge said she never would have considered relaxing the order without Rihanna's consent and until Brown completed domestic violence counseling. Prosecutors did not object to the change.

Schnegg praised Brown, who was in the court Tuesday and left holding a one-page copy of the new order. She noted he continues to make progress on completing the physical labor requirements of his probation and said the R&B singer does not have to attend a June 22 progress report hearing.

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The new order remains in effect until August 2014 when Brown's probation is scheduled to end.

He and Rihanna, 23, can now see and speak to each other. But if Brown harasses, threatens, assaults, or tracks his ex-girlfriend's movements, he could be found to be in violation of his probation.

Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty, can record any threatening conversations with Brown and present them as evidence to authorities.

Her attorney, Donald Etra, said he thought the new order was adequate protection.

Brown, 21, was charged with felony assault for the February 2009 fight in which he repeatedly struck Rihanna in a rented car after they left a pre-Grammy Awards party. Both entertainers missed that year's awards show, although both have had renewed success in their careers since the incident.

Both Brown and Rihanna were nominated for Grammys this year, and she performed during the glitzy awards ceremony. Brown did not attend the show, but performed on Saturday Night Live a day earlier.

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  1. The rise of Rihanna

    Pop star, fashionista and designer Rihanna has captivated the world with her unique voice and flair for style. Take a look back at her success — and bold outfits:


    Rihanna arrives for the 2014 Anna Wintour Costume Center Gala held at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 5, 2014. (Justin Lane / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Sheer envy

    Rihanna at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles on May 1, 2014. (Kevin Mazur / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Giving the boot

    Rihanna poses in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on March 5, 2014. (Marc Piasecki / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. I see France

    Rihanna wears various styles during Paris Fashion Week in early 2014. (Getty Images; AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Crop to it

    Rihanna is seen outside Da Silvano in New York on April 28, 2014. (Raymond Hall / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Thigh high

    Rihanna arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on April 13, 2014. (Jordan Strauss / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Dynamic duo

    Eminem and Rihanna perform on stage at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on April 13, 2014. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Purple reign

    Rihanna poses for journalists after the Karl Lagerfeld Fall/Winter 2014-2015 show for Chanel during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2014. (Stephane Mahe / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A family affair

    Rihanna and her brother Rajad Fenty attend a basketball game between the Portland Trailblazers and the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Dec. 1, 2013. (Noel Vasquez / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Singing her heart out

    Rihanna performs onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 2013. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Start your engines

    Rihanna performs on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, on the sidelines of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix race weekend in Singapore. (Joseph Nair / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Spitting image

    A wax figure of Rihanna is unveiled at tattoo parlor Sacred Tattoo in New York on July 11, 2013. (Cindy Ord / Getty Images for Madame Tussauds) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Fashion plate

    Rihanna attends the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014 at Grand Palais on July 2, 2013 in Paris, France. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Lady in red

    Rihanna arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10, 2013. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Shipshape

    Rihanna, a cast member in the film "Battleship," poses for photographers at the American premiere of the film in Los Angeles on May 10, 2012. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. The hair apparent

    The many looks of Rihanna, from left: At the "Battleship" premiere in Los Angeles on May 10, 2012; at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2012; at the premiere of Michael jackson "The Immortal" in Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2012; and performing on TODAY in New York's Rockefeller Center on May 27, 2011. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Gunning for an acting career

    Rihanna star as Raikes in the sci-fi thriller "Battleship," in theaters in May 2012. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Backless in black

    Rihanna attends the "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 7, 2012. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Shoulders above

    Rihanna gets a boost in the audience during day three of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., on April 15, 2012. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Pop pals

    Rihanna and fellow singer Katy Perry pose in the audience at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2012. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Good business scents

    Rihanna launches her new scent, Reb'l Fleur, at House of Fraser in London on Aug. 19, 2011. (Neil Mockford / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Rihanna on the plaza

    Rihanna kicks off the 2011 TODAY Concert Series on May 27 with her No. 1 song "S&M" off her new album "Loud." (Brendan McDermid / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Now is the time when we dance

    Rihanna performs during the German TV show "Popstars You & I" final at the Koenigspilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, on Dec. 10, 2009. (Friedemann Vogel / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Less is more

    Rihanna appears on the January 2010 cover of GQ magazine. Rihanna's stunning looks have made the Barbados native a cover girl for magazines, as well as a pitchwoman for Cover Girl cosmetics. (GQ) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Awards night

    Rihanna arrives at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 22, 2009. (Danny Moloshok / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. R you intrigued?

    Rihanna poses for photos at Best Buy in New York on Nov. 23, 2009, while promoting her new album, "Rated R." (Ray Tamarra / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. She sparkles

    Rihanna attends a party celebrating her birthday and the launch of the Nokia X6 at Mahiki nightclub in Mayfair, London, on Nov. 16, 2009. (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Glamour girl

    Rihanna takes the stage after being named one of Glamour magazine's 2009 Women of the Year during an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York on Nov. 9, 2009. (Henny Ray Abrams / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Opening up

    Diane Sawyer, left, interviews Rihanna about her relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown and the beating she suffered at his hands on Feb. 9, 2009. The interview aired on "Good Morning America" on Nov. 5, 2009. "There are a lot of women who've experienced what I did ... but, not in the public," Rihanna said. (Ida Mae Astute / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. High style

    Rihanna attends the Chanel Pret a Porter show as part of the Paris Womenswear Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010 at Grand Palais in Paris on Oct. 6, 2009. (Eric Ryan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Bask in the 'Inglourious'

    Rihanna arrives for the premiere of the film "Inglourious Basterds" in London on July 23, 2009. (Frantzesco Kangaris / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Day in court

    Rihanna stands with a lawyer inside Los Angeles Superior Court during a hearing in the Chris Brown felony assault case on June 22, 2009. Brown, below, pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend and was sentenced to 180 days of community labor. (AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Another court

    Rihanna sits courtside during Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball game between the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando, Fla., on June 11, 2009. (Hans Deryk / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Well suited

    Rihanna attends "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 4, 2009. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Happier times

    Chris Brown and Rihanna perform during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York on Dec. 13, 2008. Several hours before the two were to appear at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 9, 2009, a confrontation left Rihanna bloodied and bruised and Brown behind bars. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Bright lights, big city

    Rihanna arrives at the 2008 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Nov. 23, 2008. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Stylish pals

    From left, Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Madonna and Rihanna attend a Gucci UNICEF dinner at The Oak Room at the Plaza in New York on Nov. 19, 2008. (Evan Agostini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Rock 'n' rollers

    Singers, from left, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield and Nicole Scherzinger perform on stage during the Conde Nast Media Group's Fifth Annual Fashion Rocks at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Sept. 5, 2008. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. H&M and R

    Rihanna signs autographs at H&M for the launch of the Fashion Against AIDS Collection in New York on Jan. 31, 2008. (Rob Loud / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Avoiding the slime

    Rihanna and actor Brendan Fraser perform on stage during Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, Calif., on March 29, 2008. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images for Nickelodeon) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Pumped

    Rihanna accepts the Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Female Artist award during the 2007 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Nov. 18, 2007. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Step to it

    Rihanna performs during the first concert of her German tour in Munich on Nov. 13, 2007. (Clemens Bilan / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Out of the box

    Rihanna performs "Umbrella" at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sept. 9, 2007. She won the award for Monster Single of the Year for the song. (Mike Blake / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. What a pair

    Rihanna joins Canadian identical-twin designers Dean and Dan Caten during the Dsquared2 show as part of the Milan ready-to-wear fashion shows on Sept. 27, 2007. (Christophe Simon / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. R&B buds

    Chris Brown, left, and Kanye West, center, laugh with Rihanna during a Video Music Awards nomination special at MTV studios in New York on Aug. 7, 2007. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. She's got a leg up

    Rihanna poses after being named 2007 Venus Breeze "Celebrity Legs of a Goddess" at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York on June 8, 2007. (Evan Agostini / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Her day

    Rihanna performs on the TODAY show in New York's Rockefeller Center on June 8, 2007. Her song "Umbrella" was on top of the charts that week. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. One of many awards

    Rihanna holds her Female Artist of the Year Award at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 4, 2006. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. Just like her

    Rihanna poses for a portrait before a party to celebrate the release of her album "A Girl Like Me" in her hometown of St. Michael, Barbados, on April 22, 2006. (Scott Gries / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. Tennis, anyone?

    Rihanna attends Arthur Ashe Kids Day before the start of the 2005 US Open at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York on Aug. 26, 2005. (Bryan Bedder / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. Have a listen

    Ne-Yo, left, Jay-Z and Teairra Mari appear onstage with Rihanna, right, at the Teen People Listening Lounge at the Key Club in West Hollywood, Calif., on July 14, 2005. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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