Chris Brown Released From Jail, Charges Dropped Down to Misdemeanor
After an overnight jail stay, Chris Brown headed to court, where he pleaded not guilty in regards to allegations he punched another man outside of the W Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Reports vary regarding the incident. Some witnesses claim the singer and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were taking pictures with fans, when a man entered and attempted to take his own photo. Others say Brown was already on his tour bus when the fan attempted to enter. While the man allegedly has a broken nose, Brown says he didn’t throw a punch, although some claim he said “I feel like boxing” before hitting the victim. Hollosy also reportedly threw a punch.
Regarding the incident, Brown said: “I was on the bus when I guess someone tried to get on and my bodyguard handled it.”
With the singer released from jail on Monday, he and Hollosy appeared in D.C. Superior Court, where the charges were downgraded to misdemeanor assault. Along with this, the judge stated the singer must keep a 100-yard distance from the victim. Brown must appear in court again on November 25.
The charges may violate the singer’s probation terms for assaulting Rihanna in 2009. If convicted, he could be sent to jail for 180 days and have to pay a $1,000 fine.
About the case, Danny Onorato, Brown’s attorney, told reporters: “Chris Brown committed no crime. We understand his security acted to protect Mr. Brown and his property, which he was authorized to do.”
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