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Chris Brown Rejects Plea Offer, Maintains Innocence in D.C. Assault Charge

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Chris Brown appears at court in DC in January (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Chris Brown appears at court in DC in January (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

By Jeremy D. Larson

Chris Brown maintained his innocence in one of two court cases the singer is currently embattled in. Faced with misdemeanor simple assault charges stemming from an incident where he and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy are accused of beating up a male fan, Brown turned down a plea offered by the prosecution today (January 8) at court in Washington, D.C.

“We reject that offer,” said Danny Onorato, of Brown’s attorneys,  during the 10-minute hearing. Brown and Hollosy declined to comment after the hearing. Each face a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

As SPIN points out, the Washington Post described the hearing as “a frenzied scene,” with over a dozen U.S. Marshals standing guard, wearing full fatigues and carrying assault rifles.

The details of the incident on the docket, according to CBS DC, included Brown breaking the defendant’s nose outside of the W Hotel when a he tried to get a picture of the singer. In the report, Parker Isaac Adams, 20, said Brown told him, “I’m not down with that gay s***,” and, “I feel like boxing.” Brown and his bodyguard went on to allegedly hit the man.

This is the same incident that caused Brown’s probation to be revoked for the second time in 2013. In July, Brown’s probation was revoked after he received three misdemeanor charges after an alleged hit-and-run in May. Brown is also the target of a $3 million lawsuit after an altercation with Frank Ocean’s cousin last January.

Chris Brown Court Appearance(Kris Conner/Getty Images)

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