A Georgia judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of singer Bobby Brown, saying his performance this week on a television show violated the terms of his bond.
DeKalb County State Court Judge Wayne M. Purdom issued the warrant after Brown's live performance Monday at the American Music Awards program in Los Angeles, his secretary said today.
Brown, the 33-year-old husband of pop diva Whitney Houston, faces trial on 1996 misdemeanor charges in DeKalb County that included driving under the influence of alcohol. He had been ordered not to leave Georgia and to report to DeKalb authorities each week until his trial.
Until Monday, Brown had reported to the court each week, the judge's secretary said. "As far as the court is concerned, he is now a fugitive," she added. "We understand from his attorney that [Brown] is going to surrender himself tomorrow."
Brown's lawyer, Xavier Dicks, was not immediately available to comment.
The secretary said Brown could face fines and jail time as a result of his failure to report. His trial, originally scheduled for next week, has been postponed, she said.
The 1996 charges came to light when the singer was arrested in Atlanta in early November and charged with possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, speeding and having no driver's license or proof of insurance. After Brown posted bond in the Atlanta case, he was transferred to neighboring DeKalb County.