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TMZ reports:

Chris Brown met with his probation officer Friday, and he squarely acknowledged he has a BIG problem with his temper … TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … Brown and his lawyer, Mark Geragos, went to the L.A. County Dept. of Probation Friday afternoon and had an hour-long chit-chat with his new probation officer. It’s unclear to us why a new officer was assigned.

We’re told Brown did not talk about allegedly throwing a punch at a guy in D.C. last Sunday. He did talk a lot about his current stint at a Malibu rehab joint, and the treatment he’s receiving. We’re told that treatment includes a heavy dose of psychological counseling.

As TMZ first reported … Brown could be in the rehab facility for as long as 90 days.

As for whether the Probation Dept. is impressed … we’re told not so much. As one well-placed source put it, “They’re gunning for Chris.”

We’ve learned the Probation Dept. will submit a report to the judge in the Rihanna case next week. The judge could revoke Brown’s probation and if that happens he could get as much as 4 years in State prison.

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