Rihanna’s restraining order against ex-boyfriend Chris Brown has been relaxed by a judge, enabling the R&B singer to speak to the Umbrella star.

The order was imposed in 2009 as part of Brown’s sentencing for assaulting Rihanna, which also included more than 1400 hours of community service and five years’ probation. Brown also had to complete a domestic violence counselling course as part of his sentence.

Brown handed himself into police after the altercation with Rihanna inside a rented Lamborghini in Hollywood, in which he punched and threatened to kill the singer.

The amended order means that 21-year-old Brown must not annoy or harass the 23-year-old singer and that he must stay at least 50 yards away from her – or 10 yards at entertainment industry functions.

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Rihanna’s lawyer Donald Etra told the court that his client did not object to it being modified to a level one order.

I am approving the order,’ Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg told Brown.

‘You can’t annoy, molest or conduct surveillance of the person on the order,’ she told the singer.

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