Chris Brown Entering Rehab Following Assault Charge: Will It Help Him Avoid Jail?

Following a recent assault charge and years of bad behavior, Chris Brown is entering rehab. The singer, who was arrested Sunday after getting into a fight in Washington, D.C., has decided to seek treatment in order to gain "insight," according to a statement from his rep. As the statement reads, "Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility. His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point."

The timing is convenient — Brown has a court date fast approaching on Nov. 20, and the singer (who, it should be noted, hasn't shown any signs of a substance abuse problem) could use a move that would show the justice system some attempt at introspection. Especially since Brown's string of legal battles since his 2009 arrest — when he attacked girlfriend Rihanna — has had him showing little to no remorse. Even earlier this summer, after being charged with a hit-and-run, Brown took to Twitter to announce he was quitting music because he has been unfairly attacked since his 2009 arrest. Tweeted the star, "I'm tired of being famous for a mistake I made when i was 18. I'm cool & over it!" (That said, as Bustle previously reported, as heinous as Brown's crimes have been, Caucasian actors have been also accused of domestic violence with too few repercussions.)

According to reports, prosecutors intent on asking for jail time on Nov. 20 in connection to the assault charge, and rehab could show the courts that Brown is attempting to reverse his behavior. On Monday, Brown caught a break when his charge was reduced from felony to misdemeanor — could a stint in rehab continue his good luck?