Chris Brown’s D.C. Assault Charges Reduced
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Update (10/28, 7:35 p.m. ET): Upon further investigation, the charges against Brown and his bodyguard/friend Christopher Hollosy have been reduced by the D.C. Superior Court from felony to misdemeanor, according to CBS DC.
Brown’s lawyer, Danny Onorato, said that he’s “confident Mr. Brown will be exonerated. Chris Brown committed no crime. We understand his security acted to protect Mr. Brown and his property, which he was authorized to do.”
Both Brown and Hollosy were released from custody Monday evening (Oct. 28), with the maximum penalty for the reduced misdemeanor charge being 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. The pop star’s next court appearance regarding the matter has been set for November 25.
Update (10/28, 3:55 p.m. ET): Chris Brown is expected to appear in court today (October 28) on a felony assault charge. Brown is accused of punching now-identified Isaac Parker, 20, of Beltsville, Md., in the face yesterday.
The altercation allegedly began after a man tried to take a photo with Brown to which Brown said, “I’m not down with that gay s—” and “I feel like boxing.” Brown then punched Parker in the face. Parker was released Sunday from the hospital.
CBS News reports that Chris Brown was arrested this morning and charged with felony assault by the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.
Paul Metcalf, the D.C. police spokesperson, said Brown was involved in a fight with a man outside of the W Hotel on K and 15th Streets. The fight took place at approximately 4:25 AM ET. Police did not comment on the suspected cause of the incident but did confirm the other man was still alive, without further elaborating on his condition.
Another man, named Chris Hollosy, was also arrested in the incident and faces the same charges.
This is another chapter in Brown’s troubled legal history, and only the latest in a string of incidents that started with his 2009 arrest for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown was in Washington D.C. to perform at The Park at Fourteenth, a restaurant and nightclub that is mere blocks away from the White House.
Brown remains on probation for assaulting Rihanna in 2009. No word on what this altercation will mean for his probation or previous legal troubles.