HOUSTON -

Former Houston hand surgeon Michael Brown was released from jail Monday.

Last week, Brown was in a downtown Houston courtroom asking a judge to release him after he claimed, the food made him ill.

Brown was recently arrested on charges of violating his child support. He bonded out, but on March 7 he was found to be in contempt of court for violating terms of a divorce agreement and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Court officials said Brown was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in late March and was tested for E. coli.

Brown has had a slew of legal problems in recent years. Earlier this year, authorities said Brown was arrested after an incident on an overseas flight.

Last year, a New York woman sued Brown, accusing the former physician of giving her herpes.

In 2011, Brown was acquitted of beating his ex-wife.

In 2006, Brown lost his medical license after testing positive for cocaine.

Brown is the founder and owner of Brown Hand Center, among other businesses.